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Tracy, Terry "Tubesteak"


Avuncular regularfoot surfer from Los Angeles, California; Malibu trendsetter in the mid- and late 1950s; model for theĀ "Kahuna" character in the book and movie versions of Gidget. Tracy was born (1935) and raised in southwest Los Angeles, and began surfing at age 15. In the summer of 1956, he lived in a palm-frond shack on the beach at Malibu where, as surf journalist Craig Stecyk recalled decades later, he "held court with humor and ruled with a velvet-shrouded iron hand."

Tracy later clai...