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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 65  |  August 14, 2020

Local surf legend Ron Sizemore creates symbiotic relationship with exotic creature

Local surf legend and lifelong resident of South Laguna Ron Sizemore caught a chameleon in his yard in November. They quickly became friends, showing how exotic our local ecosystem is and the symbiotic relationship it has with our local residents!

Sizemore’s name may sound very familiar. Sizemore made a name for himself in Laguna and other locations, pushing the limits of surfing on a local level and occasionally testing the waters at big-name events. 

In 1961, Sizemore won the U.S. West Coast Surfing Championship by shooting the pilings of the Huntington Pier…backwards – a feat aired nationwide on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

Local surf chameleon

Submitted photo

Ron Sizemore and a Jackson’s Chameleon, Trioceros Jacksonii, an alien species that has been introduced into California

On July 1, 2009, the Laguna Beach surfing community gave Sizemore the recognition he deserved for his contributions to the local surf scene. When it comes to the annual Brooks Street Surfing Classic, one would be hard pressed not to acknowledge the influence of Ron Sizemore.

Sizemore became a legend at Brooks Street for his critical take-offs, cunning competitiveness, and long, deep-pocket rides all the way to Oak Street.

To express their gratitude for Sizemore’s contributions to surfing, the Brooks Street Surfing Association presented him with the last of a limited edition framed original print of the 2005 Brooks Street Surfing Contest poster art, signed by its creator and local surf artist Wolfgang Bloch.


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