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Yerkes, Bill


Resilient surf filmmaker and entrepreneur, originally from New Jersey. Yerkes was born (1947) in Mount Holly, New Jersey, raised in Pemberton, and began surfing at Malibu in 1960, after his family moved briefly to Southern California. He founded a one-man film production company in the mid-'60s, and became the first East Coast surf moviemaker, with titles including How the East Was Won (1967) and A Way of Life (1968); he received a B.S. in film from New York's Ithaca College in 1969. In 1977 ...