Greg Noll Miki Dora ‘Da Cat’ longboard (1966)


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Greg Noll Miki Dora Da Cat longboard shaped in 1966. Featuring beautiful red panels with single stringer design and signature ‘Da Cat’ glass on single fin. A stunning example of the most prized 1st generation Da Cat, known by it’s prominent step deck and signature fixed Da Cat fin. 9’6 wide square tail. Designed by the late Miklos Sandor Dora III aka Miki Dora (1934-2002) and the late Greg Noll (1937-2021). A rare completely all original condition example. The Da Cat is undoubtedly the most coveted longboard model ever made. A similar 1st gen. Greg Noll Miki Dora Da Cat longboard sold for $30,000 +15% buyers fee (final price of $34,500) at a 2022 auction. Proudly ride or display this crown jewel of longboard surfing history.

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History of Miki Dora & Greg Noll Surfboards

Miki Dora‭ (‬real name Miklos Sandor Dora III‭) ‬became a surfing icon of the‭ ‬1950s and‭ ‬60s and picked up nicknames such as “The King of Malibu‭”‬,‭ “‬Da Cat‭”‬ as well as the‭ “‬angry young man of surfing‭”‬.‭ ‬His character,‭ ‬style,‭ ‬and criminal background make him one of‭ ‬the most interesting people in the history of the sport.‭ ‬He was born on the‭ ‬11th of August‭ ‬1936‭ ‬in Budapest,‭ ‬Hungary as a son of a wine merchant.‭ ‬His parents soon divorced,‭ ‬and it was his stepfather-‭ ‬Gard Chapin,‭ ‬who introduced him to surfing in the late‭ ‬1930s.‭ ‬Chapin was also a surf legend,‭ ‬and his obsessions with surfboard design brought Dora into contact with California industrial designers such as Charles and Ray Eames.

Stories of Dora‭’‬s youth in Malibu consist of a huge number of scams and rebellion-‭ ‬they became kind of urban legends.‭ ‬One of them was a plan to fire-bomb the shack at San Onofre.‭ ‬Above all that his friends described him as smart,‭ ‬witty and iconoclastic-‭ ‬he certainly wasn‭’t ‬lacking any charisma.‭ ‬Although‭ ‬he competed in a few contests in the‭ ‬1960s,‭ ‬he denounced‭ ‬them as being‭ ‬contradictory to the spirit of surfing.‭ ‬“Everybody considered Miki to be the best surfer in the world,‭”‬ said Allan Carter,‭ ‬a friend who began surfing with‭ ‬Miki Dora in the‭ ‬1950s.‭ ‬“Miki was like the Muhammad Ali of surfing.‭ ‬He had dragonfly reflexes and this extraordinarily graceful style.‭ ‬It was beautiful to watch him surf.‭”‬ Dora‭’‬s signature surfboard,‭ ‬released in‭ ‬1966,‭ ‬became the best selling surfboard in history-‭ ‬and again on its re-release‭ ‬25‭ ‬years later.‭ ‬After Gidget created a cinematic genre,‭ ‬Dora became a stunt double for several of the early‭ ‘‬60s Hollywood beach flicks beginning with‭ ‬1964‭’‬s Muscle Beach Party,‭ ‬Bikini Beach‭ (‬1964‭)‬,‭ ‬How to Stuff a Wild Bikini‭ (‬1965‭)‬,‭ ‬Beach Blanket Bingo‭ (‬1965‭) ‬and Ski Party‭ (‬1965‭)‬.‭ ‬He was featured as himself in Bill Delaney’s Surfers:‭ ‬The Movie‭ (‬1990‭)‬.‭ ‬Despite his‭ ‬anticipated mistrust towards the commercialization of surfing,‭ ‬Dora did enter into a profit-sharing arrangement with Greg Noll to release a limited number of Miki Dora‭ “‬Da Cat‭” ‬surfboards,‭ ‬during which time he created magazine advertisements promoting the boards.‭

Miki Dora decided to leave the U.S.‭ ‬in‭ ‬1970‭ ‬and lived around the world spending‭ ‬most‭ ‬of his time in France and South Africa.‭ ‬After he‭ ‬returned to the US from France in‭ ‬1981,‭ ‬he was arrested by the FBI for violating his parole by leaving the country in‭ ‬1975‭ ‬after pleading guilty to writing a bad check for the purchase of ski equipment.‭ ‬While serving time for that,‭ ‬he was sentenced to six‭ ‬months in federal prison after a Denver grand jury indicted him for credit card fraud in‭ ‬1982.‭ ‬After that,‭ ‬Miki Dora,‭ ‬still with no permanent residence,‭ ‬remained a surf tribe icon over the years.‭ ‬He was invited‭ ‬at‭ ‬legends events-‭ ‬which he sometimes took part in,‭ ‬and lived much of the year in France.‭ ‬He was often seen at Quiksilver functions,‭ ‬giving him a sense of‭ ‬association in the international surfing establishment.‭ ‬Like many of the aging stars,‭ ‬Dora benefited from the nostalgia of the so-called longboard renaissance,‭ ‬and a new limited edition run of 250 longboards made in the 1990s as a tribute to his famous Greg Noll Miki Dora Da Cat surfboards has been a great success.

‭Miki Dora died at his father’s home in Montecito,‭ ‬California,‭ ‬on January‭ ‬3,‭ ‬2002,‭ ‬at age‭ ‬67‭ ‬from pancreatic cancer.‭ ‬In‭ ‬2005,‭ ‬CR Stecyk and Drew Kampion released an authorized biography called‭ “‬Dora Lives‭”‬.‭ ‬Three years later,‭ ‬Dave Rensin published‭ “‬All for a Few Perfect Waves‭”‬.‭ ‬Miki Dora‭’‬s legacy lives on-‭ ‬or,‭ ‬as the graffiti at Malibu has‭ ‬shown off for ages,‭ “‬Dora rules.‭”‬

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