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Tubesteak Abides

Terry Tracy, waving, Malibu. Photo: Tom McBride
Terry Tracy, Malibu, 1960
Terry Tracy, Malibu, 1957

There were limits to what Dale Velzy and Dewey Weber could do in the name of surf-inspired nonconformity. Velzy was older than the growing ranks of teenage beachgoers, and his abiding interests in hot rods, motorcycles, and horses meant he wasn’t always in the water. Weber would soon launch his Dewey Weber Surfboards empire, which pulled him into a looping routine of staff meetings, inventory checks, and marketing plans. He still walked, talked, and dressed like a surfer, and still rode Malib...

Nobody at Malibu used Terry Tracy's given name. He was “Tubesteak”—a handle of such pitch-perfect raunchiness that it defined the sport’s midfifties departure from respectability all by itself.