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Allen "Dempsey" Holder

Tom Keck recently sent me this classic image of Dempsey Holder. Dempsey was the first person known to surf the Tijuana Sloughs (1937) and lead the charge on that "first" of the California big wave spots in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Click here to read more about The Riders of the Tijuana Sloughs


Blogger rwrankin1 said...

I was a "RUG RAT" with Dempsey's oldest son, Shawn. I knew the Holder family very well. If you had a problem, Dempsey always had time to help you with your troubles . Enough wonderful things will never be said about him !! Rich Rankin

October 16, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff Knox has no business being listed with these guys. Jim Barber should be in there if anybody from the 6o's -70's. But he's like Dempsey, doesn't shoot his mouth off. I know I was there, knew Dempsey and the surfers.

July 21, 2011  

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