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Palos Verdes Surfing Club


All-male California surfing club cofounded in 1935 by John "Doc" Ball, dentist and surf photographer, and Adolph Bayer; the second such club in mainland America, following the short-lived Corona del Mar Surfboard Club, formed in the late '20s. Bayer wanted to name the group the Cove Paddleboard Riders Fraternity, but Ball demurred—as a USC student he'd had his fill of fraternities—and countered with Palos Verdes Surfing Club (PVSC), which was unanimously chosen by the club's seven original me...