Wilbur is a kook, a wanna-be surfer of limited skill. He wants to be cool, but remains dorky. Penuelas created Wilbur as a response to cynical commercialism that got into surfing in the early 1980s.
Wilbur started in 1985 as a character in the cartoon Maynard and the Rat in Surfer magazine, and was so popular the strip was renamed.
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