Doc’s crew says farewell

Doc’s crew 2022. Photo by Mike Balzer

In the early 1970s, Albert “Doc” Ackroyd took in a crew of Hermosa Beach’s best high school surfers. They were allowed to stay at his beachfront home on the conditions that they did house chores, and got out of the water when he hung a towel from his second story window, signaling it was time for school. Doc’s crew and its extended family of surfers gathered on the beach in front of his 15th Street home on Saturday, August 27 for a paddleout in his memory. Doc passed away in July, at age 92, of natural causes. 

Photos by Mike Balzer and Kevin Cody


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