Greg Noll Miki Dora Da Cat longboard (early 1990s)


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Greg Noll Miki Dora limited edition Da Cat model longboard made in the early 1990s. Serial #71/250. Featuring beautiful floral nose reveal with red/black double pinstriped outline. Signature Da Cat step-deck shape with jet-black single fin. 9’0 wide square tail. Hand signed by the late Greg Noll (1937-2021) and the late Miki Dora (1934-2002). The 250 limited edition Greg Noll Miki Dora Da Cat surfboards are the only Da Cats which were hand signed by Miki Dora. A remarkable example of one of the most prized longboard models in the world.

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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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