The Greg Noll Miki Dora “Da Cat” Model

The Greg Noll Miki Dora “Da Cat” Model


The Greg Noll Miki Dora “Da Cat” Model

The “Da Cat” model is one of Greg Nolls most well known boards ever produced. “Da Cat” being the infamous Malibu rebel, Miki Dora’s nickname. Dora helped brand surfings counter-culture image as much as he was one of surfing best style masters. His “Da Cat” model boards were made between 1966 and ’68 with about 8,000 made. A small amount of signature models were also produced in 1993 all signed by both Greg Noll and Miki Dora. It is one of the most collectable and sought after model boards by collectors given its connection to two of surfing most nostalgic and legendary surf figures. The “Da Cat” was even knocked off by a surfboard shaper in Los Angeles. The guy was later caught by the LAPD Fraud Unit. When Greg Noll was asked if he wanted to press charges he is said, ” Hell no, If I were his age I would probably have done the same thing ” (see video below for full excerpt).  Below are a few examples of the “Da Cat” model.

“Miki Dora was probably the purest surfer who ever waxed a board.
He had a style that was completely his own. He was remarkable.” 

– Greg Noll

Mickey Dora da cats

    This is the only set of his and her “Da Cat’s” ever made from the collection of Kevin Mark Photo: Kevin Mark

Greg Noll Mickey Dora Da Cat

“Da Cat” Logo from the collection of Bob Sobering Photo: Bob Sobering

Greg Noll-Dora Da-Cat 9'4''

Da-Cat 9'4''

9'4'' Da Cat

 9’4” Greg Noll Miki Dora Da Cat

In This video put together by The Board Room Surf Show Greg Noll describes how a guy making fraudulent Da Cats was caught in a police sting.