Hynson achieved notoriety as one of the two stars of the movie Endless Summer, along with fellow surfer Robert August. Endless Summer was a classic surf movie which reportedly made over 30 million dollars that Hynson unfortunately never saw a penny of.
The movie did parlay him into the celebrity spotlight and ultimately to a prototypical California crash and burn. But Mike did not stay down forever, cementing his reputation as an important surfboard shaper who no less a luminary than Gerry Lopez referred to as one of the most important innovators in the evolution of board design. He pioneered a down rail shape that changed modern surfboard design. A link to his surfboard website.
Mike was one of the greatest and most significant surfers ever in the San Diego area, along with the legendary Skip Frye, Woody Ekstrom, Mike Doyle, Rusty Miller, Donald Takayama, Joey Buran, and longboarder Joel Tudor. In the 60's his life took a quixotic turn when he met the late and infamous John Gale and started Rainbow Surfboards in Laguna Beach. I am always interested in stories about Mystic Arts, Oak Street Surfboards, Johnny Griggs and the like and I look forward to the untold history of Orange County and southern california flower power being told.
This book should be a good read. Being broke, I may have to wait until it goes paperback. But congratulations to Michael and Donna for getting this thing done. And a big shout out to one of my oldest friends, Lance Jost, for the outstanding job he did on the cover illustration.