Al Merrick was 62 when he and writer Michael Kew recorded this interview in 2005. Portions were used in “You Can Call Me Al: in the Court of Al Merrick,” which ran in the January 2006 issue of TransWorld Surf.
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Let’s start at the beginning.
I was born in Bradley Beach, New Jersey. My parents moved from there to Florida and we lived in Florida and Colorado for a little while, mainly in Florida, I guess until I was seven or so. We moved to California, near Palm Springs, then to Encinita...