Dent, Chuck

Acid-tongued surfboard manufacturer and gadfly from Huntington Beach, California. Dent was born (1943) in Bellflower, California, began surfing at age 16, and by the early '60s was working as a salesman for Jack Haley Surfboards in Seal Beach, where he built an impressive customer base, as he later put it, out of local "dropouts, lowriders, gremmies, dopers, juicers, radicals, dirtbags and general riffraff."

Dent opened his own shop in 1964 in Huntington, and his all-star surf team included ...