Dick Dale, surf music icon, remembered at O.C. beach tribute
It was a fitting tribute for a musician who had a love for surfing.
Fans and friends showed up in Huntington Beach on Sunday, May 26, to remember “King of Surf Guitar” Dick Dale during a tribute held at the pier, with a group of surfers taking to the water for a “paddle-out,” the traditional memorial held for fellow surfers when they die.
Dale died March 16 at age 81. A benefit concert was also held Saturday, May 25, at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.
The remembrance was to include a discussion of Dale’s life, achievements and his love for surf and bands were set to play Dale’s music through the day, including by the Del-Tones, a group Dale played with in his early days.
Dale came to Orange County from Massachusetts in 1954, riding his Harley motorcycle around Balboa Peninsula and picking up surfing at Dana Point, San Clemente and Huntington Beach.
He regularly filled the Rendezvous Ballroom on the Balboa Peninsula in the late 1950s and early 1960s, playing his surf music. He continued to play for crowds, despite ailing health, at The Coach House.