Calvin "Tulie" Clark

Palos Verdes, 1995

My mother got a new ironing board, and I took the cloth off the old one and that’s what I learned to surf on.

Calvin “Tulie” Clark was born halfway through World War I, grew up in Palos Verdes, and rode a horse to school. He wasn’t a founding member of the Palos Verdes Surf Club, as has been reported, but got voted in just a few months later, and was a club standout. Clark was a fireplug, short and jacked, with huge shoulders and jet-black hair. He paddled like a locomotive, back when paddling was nearly as much a part of the sport as riding waves. At 19, Clark beat the great Pete Peterson in a paddl...