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Larry Gordon dies; helped revolutionize surfing with lightweight foam boards

Larry Gordon dies; helped revolutionize surfing with lightweight foam boards

Larry Gordon, who helped revolutionized surfing with the creation of foam boards, has died, his daughter said.

He was in his 70s.

Debbie Gordon, who manages Gordon & Smith Surfboards & Skateboards, announced her father's death New Year's Day on Facebook, and it quickly spread to the surfing community.

Gordon was 19 and studying chemistry at San Diego State University when he started experimenting with foam materials at his father's factory, Gordon Plastics. He then started shaping boards in his friend Floyd Smith's garage.

"It was hard to come by surfboards, and the ones out there were mostly made out of balsa wood and were heavy and hard to...

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