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Will a surf gang allow the integration of Palos Verdes Estates' waves on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Will a surf gang allow the integration of Palos Verdes Estates' waves on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Three years ago on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Christopher Taloa, an actor and former professional body boarder, tried to honor the famous civil rights leader with a paddle-out for surfers at Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estates — an infamous surf break where outsiders are not welcome.

Taloa, whose credits include the 2002 surf film “Blue Crush,” says that the local surfers he encountered did not judge him by the content of his character.

Members of the so-called Bay Boys, he says, kicked him and forced him underwater. One paddled out in blackface wearing an Afro wig. “You don’t pay enough taxes to be...

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