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Keck, Tom


Enduring, low-key photographer from Del Mar, California; best known for his work in Hawaii and California during the early- and mid-1960s, but a producer of high-quality surf images for decades to follow. Keck was born (1937) and raised in Coronado, a beachfront suburb of San Diego. He learned to bodysurf at age 11, and ride a board at age 14. Keck later worked as a San Diego County lifeguard.

While attending Hawaii's Brigham Young University in the late 1950s, Keck and best friend Tom Carli...