Memorial Set for Terry 'Tubesteak' Tracy

Tracy died at the age of 77 in August at his home in San Clemente.

A memorial for surfing legend Terry "Tubesteak" Tracy, whose lifestyle on a Malibu beach inspired the novel "Gidget," has been set for later this month at Doheney State Beach.

The memorial is set for 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in Dana Point.

Tracy lived in a shack he made out of wood scraps and palm fronds in Malibu in the 1950s, where he met a girl, Kathy Kohner, who he called Gidget. That nickname eventually went on to inspire the novel "Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas," published in 1957.

Tracy died at the age of 77 of complications of diabetes in August at his home in San Clemente.

Read more about his life and memorial service on the Orange County Register.

John Mazza September 07, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I asked the city council to dedicate the last city council meeting in memory of Tubestake and they did which I really appreciated since it was such a contentious meeting. He really helped put the Malibu lifestyle, now long gone, on the map when he left his job as a insurance salesman and literally moved into a shack on Surfrider Beach and eventually became "the big Kahuna" in the Gidget books and movies. He, Moondogie (Famous artist Billy Al Bengston), Matt Kivlin , Dewey Webber, Greg Noll , Miki Dora, Bob Simmons and others really started the surfer life style that took the US by storm in the late 50's. Out of that grew surf music, the surf industry and most of all the surf clothing industry which keeps the surfing industry alive today. He was one of the most important influences that made Malibu the household name it is today. Too bad we paved over the lifestyle here in Malibu.
Sandie Kay October 01, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I think the city of Malibu should erect some sort of a memorial plaque somewhere (maybe at what they called "The Pit") in honor of Terry "Tubesteak" Tracy . Sandie ( a family friend)
Robert Feigel November 26, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Tubesteak was one of surfing's unique characters and a comic genius long before everyone over fifty who surfed was called a "legend." He was a REAL legend and I will miss his bizarro emails. Sandie Kay is right. The City of Malibu should find some appropriate way to honor his contribution to surfing's rich culture and ensure he's not forgotten.


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