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Athletic and hyper-health-conscious surfer and paddleboard racer from Santa Monica, California; five-time winner of the Catalina-to-Manhattan Beach paddleboard race in the 1950s and early ’60s. Zahn was born (1924) and raised in Santa Monica, began surfing at age eight, and became a lifeguard at 18, informally mentored by pioneering California surfer-lifeguard Pete Peterson. After high school, Zahn served in the Army during the la... Read More
Affable but resolute goofyfoot pro surfer from Flagler Beach, Florida; four-time world champion (1984, 1985, 1986, and 1988); a model of physical and mental fitness, with little interest in fame or recognition. Zamba was born (1964) and raised in Flagler Beach, and began surfing at age 12. She had no amateur competition record to speak of, and became a pro accidentally at 16, when she entered and won an event at nearby Cocoa Beach and c... Read More
Surfing’s original sunscreen, used as protection against sunburn and skin cancer. Chalk-colored zinc oxide products, with the shiny bluish-white zinc metal mixed into a wax- or petroleum-based ointment or cream, were first used in Europe in the early 20th century as a balm for irritated skin. In the late 1950s, lifeguards in Australia began rubbing ultraviolet-ray-blocking zinc oxide onto their lips, noses, and cheeks in what looked like... Read More

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