"Henry is a legendary California surfer who is a mainstay in many aspects of our surfing culture. Henry started surfing along the sand bars in the South Bay, Hermosa, Redondo, Manhattan and Torrance beaches, way back in the early 1950’s. He was a star in many of Bruce Brown’s early surfing movies including “Slippery When Wet,” “Surfing Hollow Days” and “Barefoot Adventure.” His surfing along the North shore of Oahu during those years gained him a reputation as one of the premier “hotdoggers” of the period.
During the era of surf clubs he, along with his pal and another classic surf legend, Freddy Phauler, were part of the infamous “Double Duce Danglers” of 22nd Street in Hermosa Beach. He was also a regular at Malibu during the summers along with such notables as the surfing “king of pop” himself, Terry “Tube steak” Tracey, Mickey “da Cat” Dora, Johnny Fain, Mike Doyle, Mickey “the Mongoose” Munoz and “Gidget” herself.
In the early years Henry spent his off surfing hours working in the sales shop for Velzy and Jacobs Surfboards, and later Jacobs Surfboards in Redondo Beach. His gift of gab and excellent salesman attributes would eventually land him smack dab in the middle of the surfing industry. He was also a lifeguard all over the South Bay and Malibu areas.
Henry moved to San Clemente, more than 20 years ago and spent a long period working in the Stewart Surf Shop. He also became involved in putting on surfing events, including the Rabbit Kekai Invitational in Costa Rica. He would eventually move into the apparel section of the surfing business and founded Koko Island in where he designed over 200 patterns with Hoffman Fabrics for such greats as Jimmy Buffett.
Henry is an inductee into the South Bay Surfers Hall of Fame and has been a successful competitor in surfing competitions for longer than I can remember. Henry is one of the true colorful characters in the surfing world and is still in the thick of it on a daily basis."
SLIPPERY WHEN WET ~ FULL FILM
"San Onofre, this is the garden spot for longboarding"
TERRY “TUBESTEAK” TRACY
“An avuncular regular foot surfer from Los Angeles, California; Malibu trendsetter in the mid-late 1950s; model for the “Kahuna” character in the book and movie versions of Gidget. Tracy was born in 1935 and raised in south-west Los Angeles. He began surfing at age 15. In the summer of 1956, he lived inn a palm-frond shack on the beach at Malibu where, as surf journalist Craig Stecyk recalled decades later, he “held court with humor and ruled with a velvet-shrouded iron hand.” Tracy later claimed he was nicknamed “Tubesteak” because he worked at a Malibu restaurant called Tube’s Steak and Lobster House.
Surf lore holds that Dora owned the waves at Malibu, while Tracy owned the beach. It was Tracy who looked at Kathy Kohner, a 16 year old Malibu newcomer, and nicknamed her “Gidget,” short for girl-midget. Teenage surfers flocked to Malibu in the late 50s. Gidget was published in 1957 and the movie followed two years later. Tracy overwhelmed by crowds and new LA county beach restrictions, dropped off the surf scene for 25 years.
Later, in a Life magazine feature Tracy said that he hadn’t surfed for years, but still lived by a surf-inspired code: “You can have a pressured Mercedes life, or you can get from A to B in an old Ford and die of natural causes.” He appeared in the 1958 surf movie Search for Surf, and was featured in the 1987 documentary The Legends of Malibu. In the late 80s and 90s he wrote surfing articles for H2O and the Surfers Journal under the pseudonym Bruce Savage. Tracy was married and has seven children. Tracy died at age 77 from complications of diabetes.”