Bob Simmons (surfer)
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Simmons was born in Los Angeles, California. During his early teens, he developed a tumor on his left ankle which nearly caused his leg to be amputated. After beating the cancer, Bob was involved in a serious motorcycle collision. While staying in the hospital he was advised to try surfing. He first rode a surfboard at age 20 at Newport Beach, California. In 1954, Simmons drowned while surfing at Windansea Beach in San Diego, California.