Real name: Charles. Real job: never. Corky was the coolest Carroll in Los Angeles long before Pete, carving out his legend in surf and sand. The Beach Boys basically wrote songs about Corkys life. Carroll was born in Alhambra but was raised on the waves near Huntington Beach. He was a five-time U.S. Overall Surf Champion and the first to make money Hanging Ten, winning a TV set for winning a 1965 competition in Redondo Beach. The Encyclopedia of Surfing describes Corky as the flamboyant goofyfooter from Surfside. Carroll retired from competitive surfing at age 25 and has spent the rest of his life being Corky Carroll. You should be so cool, so lucky, and so tan.
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