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Tom Blake (1902-1994)

Tom Blake was a legendary surfer and waterman.  He was a pioneer in the invention and refinement of surfing and lifesaving equipment.  His notable achievements would fill a book, and his impact on lifesaving continues today.  His inventions include the hollow surfboard, paddleboard, rescue torpedo, ring buoy (life ring), sailboard (windsurfer), surfboard fin, and waterproof camera housing.  Blake served in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years, during WWII.  He taught swimming, ocean rescue and munitions loading.

Biography written by Erik Westman, USCG


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