Haley, Jack


Charismatic regularfooter from Seal Beach, California; winner of the first West Coast Surfing Championships, held at the Huntington Beach Pier in 1959. Mike Haley, Jack's younger brother, won the following year. Jack Haley Surfboards opened in Seal Beach in 1961, and four years later the lean (6' 6") and loud regularfooter, nicknamed "Mr. Excitement," opened the still-popular Captain Jack's restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in nearby Sunset Beach.

When Haley died of cancer in 2000 at age 65, a Los Angeles Times obituary noted that he "had planned his own beach party memorial bash, with mariachi music and Hawaiian shirts." Haley appeared in a small number of surf movies in the late '50s and early '60s, including Surf Safari (1959).

Haley was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame in 1999. His son, Jack, Jr., played two seasons of basketball with the Los Angeles Lakers, and later became an announcer on Fox Sports Network.