Cleary, Bill

Soulful and articulate writer/editor from Ventura, California; coauthor of 1963's Surfing Guide to Southern California, and the mid-'60s editor of Surf Guide magazine. Cleary was born (1938) in Los Angeles, raised near Pasadena, began surfing in 1953 at age 15, and received a premed B.A. from UCLA in 1962.

During and after college, Cleary wrote a first draft for Surfing Guide, a detailed spot-by-spot guidebook, and the first publication of its kind for surfers. He then handed the project off...