Tucker, Cliff

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Depression-era Southern California surfer and Palos Verdes Surf Club member who beat schoolmate Pete Peterson to win the 1940 Pacific Coast Surf Riding Championships. The contest was at San Onofre, and during the morning's preliminary rounds, held in windless conditions, Tucker rode his "ultralight"—a hollow, 50-pound plywood board. Later he switched to a 120-pound spruce board, partly to smooth h...

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