Tim Kelly lived from 1940 to 1964.
Dedication near the base of the Hermosa Beach Pier for Los
Angeles County Lifeguard, Surfer and Youth Worker. Tim Kelly is also honored by
dedication of the beach at the north side of the Redondo Beach breakwater (south
of this statue and the tennis courts at Clark Stadium, Hermosa Beach.
Lifeguard Tim Kelly was looked up to by the
young South Bay surfers. As one of the best surfers on the Jacobs Surf Team,
Tim got Jacobs, Bing, Rick, Dewey Weber and Greg Noll to donate a new
surfboard to the year's top junior lifeguard.
Sadly, Tim Kelly died in a car accident while returning from a surf trip to
Trestles in the mid sixties. His death devastated the surfing world,
especially in the South Bay.
That's why the Tim Kelly memorial statue was built and originally placed at
Kelley's favorite surfing spot, the Breakwater. When the Charthouse was
built on the beach, the statue was moved to the Hermosa Pier. The Los
Angeles County Lifeguards are credited with building a program based on the
ideals of Time Kelly, a man who is still remembered over 40 years later!