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June 20, 1988 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Times Staff Writer
Lewis Earl (Hoppy) Swarts received the surfers' equivalent of a state funeral Sunday at Redondo Beach, by sand and by sea. Under a misty, early morning sky, nearly 200 of his admirers, who had traveled from as far north as Santa Cruz and as far south as San Diego, gathered by a lifeguard station at the end of Avenue C. They were a mix of older people and teen-agers; some in dark suits and some in sweat suits. A blue and white banner draped over a railing conveyed their message.
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June 20, 1988 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Times Staff Writer
Lewis Earl (Hoppy) Swarts received the surfers' equivalent of a state funeral Sunday at Redondo Beach, by sand and by sea. Under a misty, early morning sky, nearly 200 of his admirers, who had traveled from as far north as Santa Cruz and as far south as San Diego, gathered by a lifeguard station at the end of Avenue C. They were a mix of older people and teen-agers; some in dark suits and some in sweat suits. A blue and white banner draped over a railing conveyed their message.
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June 14, 1988
Lewis Earl (Hoppy) Swarts, a 1930s surfing champion who helped organize the sport in California, died of a stroke while on his way to a contest in Northern California. He was 71. Swarts was in line at a Los Angeles International Airport ticket counter when he collapsed and died of a massive stroke Thursday, a longtime friend, Dave McIntyre, said Monday. Swarts' body will be cremated and the ashes scattered at 8 a.m. Sunday at Redondo Beach.
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