Surfing Pioneer Dorian ‘Doc’ Paskowitz Dies At 93

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) — Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, who traveled the world riding waves and founded a Southern California surfing dynasty, has died. He was 93.

His son, Israel, tells the Los Angeles Times that Paskowitz died Monday at a Newport Beach hospice.

Born in Texas, Paskowitz began surfing in the 1930s, moved to San Diego as a child and later became a physician in Hawaii but abandoned his lucrative practice to follow the waves.

A devout Jew, he moved to Israel in the 1950s and helped pioneer surfing there.

Later, his third wife and nine of his 12 children lived with him in a camper as they moved around following the waves — which meant they got little formal education. Their odyssey was portrayed in the 2007 documentary “Surfwise.”

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