“Getting a surfboard from Dicky Keating is like getting a violin from Mr. Stradivarius,“ I said proudly to the group of surfers ogling my new board. Everyone was so excited I thought that I should have passed out cigars. Dicky protested when he heard me say that, but his modesty has always been one of his most endearing strengths. And besides, I think I’m right.
At age 70, Keating has been surfing 68 years. His parents Bob and Leah Keating, and his uncle Dick were pioneer surfers in Northern California back in the early 1940’s. One of the family portraits shows Dickey at age two laying happily on a board right there at Pedro Point where he has always lived.