Allen Holder

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Allen "Dempsey" Holder was one of the earliest surfers in San Diego, California's south county. He was one of the first surfers to ride the big surf off the coast of the Tijuana sloughs. Dempsey was also head of the Imperial Beach lifeguard services for many years. The public safety building that houses sheriff and lifeguard services is now named after Dempsey for his important contributions to surfing and public safety.


  • John C. Elwell, Jane Schmauss (July 9, 2007). Surfing in San Diego. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-4756-5.