By Joey Cabell
Posted on 08 January 2019
MY ADVENTURES WITH MIKE DOYLE WRITTEN BY: JOEY CABELL
Mike Doyle: Top Surfer, Paddle Board Racer, Tandem Rider , and Big Wave Rider, and arguably the 1960’s best all around surfer in California.
We surfed against each other in contest in Hawaii , Peru , Australia , Puerto Rico, and was always the man to beat.
I arrived in California in 1956, and started surfing California surf contests. By the end of the 50’s Mike was dominating the surf line up , up and down the California coast. Mike at 18 years old was early to surf Bonzai Pipeline in 1959, and a stand out at Makaha.
I first watched Mike Surfing and winning Tandem in 1963, 1964, & 1965 at Makaha.
We surfed again at Manly Beach , Australia for the World Surfing Championships in 1964, where Mike took second place.
Moving to KAUAI in the mid sixties, i invited Mike Doyle , and Rusty Miller to surf Hanalei Bay with me.
In July 1969, mike and I swam Na Pali Coast, a 17 mile swim, to condition ourselves to surf Kauai’s winter swells in the days with no leashes.
Our conditioning paid off. 1969 was legendary for the biggest surf Hawaii has ever seen. We surfed 25 foot Hanalei that winter. Not to be forgotten.
After the 1969 DUKE contest , i invited Mike and Rusty to ASPEN, Co. To ski with me. While there I talked about skiing 3 Foot Deep powder in Alta, Utah, no ski lead change. I made a comment to Mike to make a single ski , boots side by side.
Mike went back to Encinitas and made a single fiberglass ski ,and tested it at Mammoth Mountain in California.
Bill Bain, with a European ski machine, made the first Monoski. We Mono-skied Sun Valley , Idaho, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming that winter.
In Jackson Hole, Mike made figure eights down a long back country run, that i will never forget witnessing.
Snowboard Carving with Annie and Mike. They made powerful 180 degree turns with no slide, in the past , for 3 winters at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen Colorado. Never to be forgotten!
Mike i have looked up to you for decades for my direction. Our years together will stay with me for my Love and Respect for you.
“MIKE GOES DEEP!”
ALOHA , Joey Cabell