Corky is still living the dream. He surfs a perfect 500+ yard left point break nearly every day. He lives with his beautiful wife Raquel, a menagerie of critters, and has longtime mentor/pal Tim Dorsey, down the beach a few doors. When he is not Stand-Up surfing, or traveling, he's writing his weekly OC Newspaper column, working on his book, painting, making music, or entertaining friends and guests who come down to enjoy his totally unique Corky Carroll Surf Adventure.
About a year ago, a mutual friend of Corky and Mike's re-united them for the first time in about 30 years.. Within minutes, it became clear that even in their 70's, these two Surf legends are as stoked today as they were 5 decades ago. Each offered up great ideas about what kind of board shapes worked best for them. That eventually morphed into a new Surfboard label for Corky and the return of Mike's iconic 1970's brand, Hot Lips Designs by Mike Purpus of California!
Unlike other pro surfers who sold out to those overseas molded pop-out brands, All Corky and Mike's boards are 100% hand shaped, tinted, and glassed in what's likely the world's oldest, continuous running surfboard factory, Remember Rick Surfboards from 1962? This is the original Rick Surfboards Factory on Cypress in Hermosa Beach, California. Phil Becker (Becker/Hollander/Mangiagli) took the reigns in the late 70's and the factory became known as the "Becker" Factory. Way over a million boards came out of this place and still do. Phil Becker alone was thought to have churned out more hand shaped surfboards in his shaping bay than anyone in the world. Phil turned over his legacy and shaping bay about 15 years ago to protege, Jose Barahona. If you purchased a Becker Surfboard in the last 37 years, there's a very good chance Jose shaped, hot coated, glassed, tinted, or air brushed it. Jose also has had his own board line for years. He ghost shapes for several famous brands as well. We're honored to have Team Barahona as part of our Blue Mango Surf family!
If all of this wasn't enough, Hap Jacobs recently retired at 89 years of age and tapped Jose to continue his amazing legacy of board building. It only seemed natural to unite two of our sports greatest surf legends with Team Barahona. Jose, Oscar, & Jimmy Barahona along with Finisher Fred, and Air Brush Dave are the most experienced board building team on the planet, Jose Barahona is now working with Corky and Mike. making Blue Mango Surfboards. Mike, has also brought back his iconic 1970's label, Hot Lips Designs. Check out Corky and Mike's "Legends of Surfing" series that are designed and co signed by both Corky and Mike.
Corky and Raquel on Blue Mango Surfboards
-5 time UNITED STATES SURFING CHAMPION
-3 time INTERNATIONAL SURFING CHAMPION
-3 time INTERNATIONAL PRO SURFING CHAMP
-INTERNATIONAL BIG WAVE CHAMPION
-WORLD SMALL WAVE CHAMPION
-NAMED NUMBER ONE SURFER VIA SURFER POLL
-Won over 100 surfing championships
-Recognized as the first PROFESSIONAL SURFER
-First Pro to surf in a wave pool (Arizona)
-Professional Tennis player
Advertising and Media
-11 National TV commercials for MILLER LITE
-Member of Miller Lite All-Stars for 11 years
-National TV commercial for OCEAN SPRAY
-World TV commercial for COCA COLA
-National TV commercial for PT Cruiser, Chrysler
-Jantzen International Sports Club
-Corkcicle Mexico Ambassador
-Voice of “Grubby Grouper” on SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS
-T.V. appearances on hundreds of Talk Shows including TONIGHT SHOW, MERV GRIFFIN SHOW, AM AMERICA, WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS, CBS CHALLENGE OF THE SEXES any many more.
-Author of five books and currently columnist for the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. (23 yrs)
Runs CORKY CARROLL SURF ADVENTURES, BLUE MANGO SURF, AND BLUE MANGO SURFBOARDS
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