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Rolf Aurness

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Rolf Aurness

Rolf Aurness with a towel on his neck (a black and white photo)

Major achievements
World Surfing Champion, 1970

Craig Aurness, Jenny Lee Aurness

Virginia Chapman, James Arness

Amanda Graves, Claudia Graves, Kelly Graves

Rolf Cirkler Aurness, Ruth Aurness

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James Arness, Jenny Lee Aurness, Virginia Chapman, Peter Graves, Thordis Brandt

Bells Beach, 1970 ISF World Surfing Championship.

Rolf Aurness was born on February 18, 1952 in Santa Monica, California. He won the 1970 World Surfing Championships held at Johanna in Victoria, Australia, beating Midget Farrelly in the finals.


Rolf Aurness while on the beach

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Surfing career

Rolf Aurness while smoking cigarette

When he was nine Aurness suffered a skull fracture after falling from a tree. His father, reported to be an enthusiastic surfer, used surfing to help his son recover. He implemented a strict training regime of dawn sessions at beaches, long distance swimming and weekend beach trips, including the Hollister Ranch.

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Several times a year they visited Hawaii, renting accommodation on Mākaha beach.

Personal life

James Arness and his son, Rolf

Aurness is the son of Gunsmoke actor James Arness and nephew of Mission Impossible actor Peter Graves.

In the decade following his World Surfing Championship win Aurness fell out of surfing as his wife, mother and sister all died. His wife died in 1978 from cancer, his mother Virginia (née Chapman) died in 1976,and his sister Jenny Lee Aurness committed suicide on May 12, 1975.

His half-brother Craig founded the stock photography agency Westlight and also was a photographer for National Geographic.

His father, well known Western and Gunsmoke television show actor James Arness, died on June 3, 2011.


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