Tuesday, 15 January 2013
“The waves were bigger back then. I don’t know what it was, but they were just bigger,” Ted Kerwin told Easy Reader in 2003, the year he and brothers John, Joe, Fred and Jim, and sister Mary were inducted into the Hermosa Beach Surfers Hall of Fame. Through the prism of hindsight, it isn’t only the waves that seemed bigger during the early days of surfing, but the surfers as well.
Kerwin, a lifelong Hermosa Beach resident and pioneer member of the Surfers Walk of Fame passed away on November 26, 2012 surrounded by his wife and family at his home on Monterey Boulevard. He was 89 and one of the last remaining members of the pre World War II Hermosa Beach Surfing Club. A memorial service is planned at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 12 at St. James Church, 415 Vincent Street, Redondo Beach.
Ted was the second youngest of nine “Kerwin Kids,” all born at the family residence and bakery business on lower Pier Avenue between 1911 and 1926. Ted’s father John Kerwin left Ireland at the age of 19, arriving in New York at Ellis Island in 1902. Prior to traveling west to Hermosa Beach in 1909, he worked for several years as a baker in Massachusetts, saving his money and perfecting his baking skills.
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