Bob Simmons (surfer)

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Robert Wilson Simmons (March 29, 1919 – September 26, 1954) was an American surfer and surfboard shaper, considered to be the father of the modern surfboard.

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. He studied mathematics at the California Institute of Technology but dropped out.[1]

While staying in the hospital he was advised to try surfing. He first rode a surfboard at age 20 at Newport Beach, California. Simmons was also famous for being one of the first to incorporate fiberglass and polyester resin to create a lightweight, durable surfboard.[1]

In 1954, Simmons drowned while surfing at Windansea Beach in San Diego, California.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Crow, Thomas E. (2014). The long march of pop : art, music, and design, 1930-1995. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 213. ISBN 978-0-300-20397-4. OCLC 875644487.