John Elwell, San Diego County Lifeguard at Cardiff By The Sea with his 1932 Ford Phaeton, year 1952


In the rear “Tub” of my 1932 Ford Phaeton I kept my diving gear a French Arbelette spear, my fins and mask and sleeping bag. The surfboard is a custom made Simmons board. These were good, fine days of freedom and not many people on the beach and highways—days of Watermen who dove for food, swam, paddleboarded, surfed and who were always stoked to see each other, no matter where you came from.

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