Monday, February 25, 2008
Our Seal Beach Surf Guide
This was our tour guide for our Seal Beach photo excursion.
He has a long association with surfing in Southern California. He seemed reliable and quite knowledgeable about the local history, though he actually spent most of his youth surfing at Malibu. He had lots of pictures from the Gidget movies and T.V. series, upon which he says he served as one of the technical consultants and a body double. In this black & white publicity picture, his body was used (that's him on the right) and the actor's head airbrushed over his.
He also was a founding member of the Beach Boys, but like Pete Best with the Beatles, he was dumped by the other members early on. Now, if you can't rely on a guide like this to give you the scoop on which surf break is which, I don't know what the world has come to. He was very careful about answering our questions, appearing to be deep in thought for maybe 20 seconds each time before answering. He was obviously recalling memories with great care in order to give us the most accurate information.
He has asked us not to reveal his name or current location because he is a member of Project Chanology, but he also says he knows Tubesteak personally and posts regularly on his blog.