Dewey Weber, Malibu. Photo: LeRoy Grannis
Dewey Weber. Photo: LeRoy Grannis
Dewey Weber, Sunset. Photo: Don James
Dewey Weber, Hotdog Jesus
Dewey Weber, Hermosa. Photo: LeRoy Grannis
Surfing's performance standard in the mid-'50s was being reset almost month to month at Malibu, and the surfer doing the most to push things along was a flashy half-pint peroxide-blond high school wrestling star named Dewey Weber. Like Velzy, Weber came from a blue-collar Hermosa Beach family; his father drove a truck, and his mother was a factory worker. By the time he completed his first year of...