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September 26, 1994 | DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As San Diego surfing veteran John Elwell tells it, someone spied a speck on the rough, rarely ridden outside break. It was December, 1949, and the boys had just paddled out into the frigid water of the Tijuana Slough, a surfing spot just north of the border. A second take revealed that there was indeed a mysterious figure speeding across the face of a towering swell. Unheard of. Nobody had seen him before, so they dubbed him the Phantom Surfer.
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