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Mainland surfing has been steeped in the symbols of fascism since its inception. Iron Crosses, swastikas, Nazi uniforms…in the golden era of surfing, surfers flaunt them on their boards and in the early surf movies. Miki Dora is famous for his SS leather trench coat and using a board emblazoned with a giant swastika. He polices Malibu, forces newcomers, known as kooks, off their boards and off the beach. He lets everyone know that Malibu is his territory.

The Host

Dana Goodyear

Dana Goodyear, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is the author of two collections of poetry. Her nonfiction debut, Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making…