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  • Don the Beachcomber propieter dies at 79

  • Hobie Alter dies at 80; shaped Southern California surf culture

    Hobie Alter dies at 80; shaped Southern California surf culture
    When he was a young man, Hobie Alter had a clear vision of his future: He didn't want a job that would require hard-soled shoes, and he didn't want to work east of Pacific Coast Highway. He succeeded. The son of a second-generation orange grower,...

    Chuck Allen dies at 74; Southern California surfing and snowboarding enthusiast

    Chuck Allen dies at 74; Southern California surfing and snowboarding enthusiast
    Chuck Allen, a onetime high school surfing coach in Southern California who established amateur surfing and snowboarding groups that organized and elevated the sports, has died. He was 74. Allen, who was the special events manager at Mountain High Resort...

    Peter M. Douglas dies at 69; California Coastal Commission chief

    As a child crossing the English Channel with his family to immigrate to America, Peter M. Douglas was mesmerized by the churning seas and his first sighting of a whale, an experience that he said forged an "intangible, unbreakable, lifelong bond" with the...

    Gordie Duane dies at 80; surfboard maker

    Gordie Duane dies at 80; surfboard maker
    Pioneering surfboard maker Gordie Duane was helping to transform Huntington Beach into a surfing capital when he received the city's first ticket — for surfing illegally. The surfboard shop he opened at the foot of the town's pier in 1956 also...