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Vintage Photos: Angelenos (And An Elephant) Catch Some Waves: LAist

circa 1927:  Miss Gladys Mey riding the surf on a makeshift water-ski.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
circa 1927: Miss Gladys Mey riding the surf on a makeshift water-ski. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Since the 1920s, Californians, including one very talented elephant, have enjoyed taking to the waters for some creative surfing, water skiing and aquaplaning.

We've scoured the seven seas for vintage photos from the beaches of Santa Monica, Venice and Malibu, as well as Catalina Island, Lake Arrowhead and Hermosa Beach. Folks have found a way to surf while standing on their head or playing the banjo or saxophone.

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