“When I was only seven or eight, I used to get on the bus and ride down to Manhattan Beach just to look at the ocean. From the first time I saw it, I was fascinated by how big and wild it looked. I knew I belonged in there …. ” – Mike Doyle, from Morning Glass
Mike Doyle’s first experience of awe and inspiration with the ocean would lead to a legendary, storied life of one of modern history’s original watermen. Mike purchased his first surfboard from Hap Jacobs and Dale Velzy in 1954 from their shop underneath the Manhattan Beach Pier and never looked back. Over the course of the next three decades, Mike dedicated himself to a like in, on, and around water, learning the ways of the ocean, how it moves and how to move with it on surfboards, paddle boards, and boats of all shapes and sizes. That same amazement and curiosity would also evoke the craftsman in him to understand how every detail of a board, no matter how subtle, would react to the surface of the eater moving all around it. His quest to marry nature’s raw power and beauty with his own wonder and creativity would ultimately lead to the birth of some of the world’s most innovative and enduring board sports concepts.
His passion for truly living life to the fullest and a persistent wonder with the ocean continues to inspire the Doyle brand today. We are dedicated t building beautiful, quality, affordable boards for water lovers around the glob, new and old alike, who create their own legendary lives each and every day.
LIVE TO SURF. SURF TO LIVE. This simple motto, penned and lived by Mike to this day, motivates us here at Doyle to eek the life where passion takes the driver’s seat and reminds us that it isn’t truly lived unless it does. Whether your passions connect you to the oceans, lakes and rivers of the world or not, we encourage you to seek out whatever it may be that incites your dreams of exploration, moments in awe of the world around you and memories of a life lived to the fullest. Live to surf. Surf to live!
MIKE DOYLE LEGACY:
From the days of surfing movies and the Beach Boys musical hits walks Mike Doyle. Baja’s resident chairman of the board. Doyle brings his board with him when he paddles out from shore, still searching for the mythical perfect wave. He has been surfing for 59 years, and counts among his accolades a 1970 World Surfing Championship, the 1969 Duke Kahanamoku big wave title and was voted best surfer in the world by the Surfer Magazine poll from 1964 through 1966. Mike was also inducted into the prestigious Shaper’s Hall of Fame and just recently inducted into the Hermosa Beach Surfer’s Walk of Fame.
These days you are as likely to find Doyle riding a canvas with a paint brush as you will tucked in the curl of a wave. He seeks out the mythical perfect subject indigenous to the Baja. A crusty fisherman, the sun bleached skull of a bull, the cactus with almost human arms, and of course, the contrast of ocean and desert.
Doyle’s works are bright with colors inspired by local landscapes and the odd creatures that inhabit them. Its an art infused with Doyle’s devotion to a life of soul and adventure. “A well respected art critic once called me a Primitivist” says Doyle. “I think that is an appropriate term for my art. I use my intuition and create spontaneously. Sometimes a mistake will become my theme and the painting flows from there. Its similar to a jazz musician moving into another phase and spontaneously creating as he improvises. Also the very atmosphere of being at lands end keeps me energized and able to create.”
To be at Lands End as he puts it, seems to be Doyle’s natural place. Throughout his life he has stood at the tip of events, and been the first in some remarkable ways. He was the first Ironman, the inventor of the Doyle Soft Surfboard and created prototypes of a new surfboard for snow skiing which eventually became the snowboard. His colorful paintings can be viewed at The Doyle Gallery situated opposite to The Cabo Surf Hotel on Acapalquito Beach.
Countless accolades and stories can be written of an original water-man known as ” Malibu Mike” , “Iron Man Mike”, “Tiki Mike” and “The Hawk”. Much has been written of Mike Doyle and the many highlights of his life that began when he first surfed in 1954. In 1980’s, after a long and very successful career in the surf industry, Mike made a dramatic life changing decision and moved to San Jose Cabo, Mexico. This is where he began his artistic journey.
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