Velzy, Dale

Swaggering, innovative surfboard designer, builder, and retailer from Hermosa Beach, California, best known for creating the "pig" in 1955, a wide-hipped board that became a prototype for today's longboard. "Dale could out-drink, out-shoot, out-ride, out-shape, out-sell and out-finesse all comers," Surfer's Journal wrote in 1994. "And he made it all up as he went along."

Velzy was born (1927) and raised in Hermosa Beach, the son of a mechanic and the grandson of a woodworker who built cabine...