"Born in 1913 in Los Angeles, Lorrin started going to the family house in Laguna Beach via horse and wagon. He started surfing at age 12 in 1925, and 8 years later was among the first to surf San Onofre.

He had many jobs (lifeguard, surfboard builder, dry cleaner, and night watchman) but was mostly a lobster and abalone diver. In 1932 he stowed away on a cruise ship bound for Waikiki, but was caught and sent back to the mainland without setting foot on Hawaiian soil. Within 24 hours of being back he again stowed away for Hawaii and was again caught, but allowed to remain in Hawaii this time. He was among the first to surf the North Shore in Oahu in the 30's and steeped himself in Waikiki beach culture.

In 1946, Harrison met Cecelia Yorba, a descendant from an old California Spanish land grant family and they lived in San Juan Capistrano, one mile inland from Doheny in Dana Point. They had four children together. Harrison passed from a heart attack in 1993 driving home after a morning swim."