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Lear, Cecil


Diligent surf contest organizer from Belmar, New Jersey; cofounder of the Eastern Surfing Association. Lear was born (1930) in Irvington, New Jersey, raised in nearby Caldwell, and moved to Belmar in 1946. As a high schooler, he bodysurfed, rode a mat, and worked summers as a lifeguard. In 1952, Lear received a B.A. in economics from Drew University; not until 10 years later, at age 32, did he began stand-up surfing. His first new board was a $125 Hobie, mail ordered as there were no surf sho...