Monday, September 21, 2009

Allen "Dempsey" Holder

Tom Keck sent me this classic image of Dempsey Holder. Dempsey was the first person to surf the Tijuana Sloughs (1937) and lead the charge on that "first" of the California big wave spots in the 1940s and into the 1960s.

(Click on image for full view)

Click here to read more about Dempsey and the Tijuana Sloughs:
 Riders of the Tijuana Sloughs, updated 2017.
 The Riders of the Tijuana Sloughs, updated 2005


  1. 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

  2. AnonymousJuly 21, 2011

    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.


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