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Larry Stevenson was an American army veteran, swimmer, lifeguard and skateboard entrepreneur.

Also known as: Larry [nickname]


Richard Lawrence Stevenson was born in 1930 in Santa Monica, California, United States of America.


After high school Larry Stevenson joined the U.S. Navy as a fighter mechanic. He served for two years in the Korean War.


Stevenson went on to Santa Monica College in California and became a swimmerm and also won the all American award for fastest time for the breast stroke.

He then went to USC on a swimming scholarship, where he majored in business.


During the middle to late part of the 1950s, Stevenson became a Venice Beach lifeguard for the city of Los Angeles.


In 1963 Stevenson started Makaha Skateboards, after seeing kids skate in the while sitting in his lifeguard tower.

He is also credited with inventing the kicktail, wich he patented in 1969.


196?: Surf Guide
1988: Poweredge Magazine


Larry Stevenson passed away on March 25, 2012 from complications of pneumonia due to Alzheimers disease in his Santa Monica home.

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