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Dick Dale

He'd likely snicker at the puny waves that have battered South Florida over the past few weeks, because Dick Dale, the patron saint of surf guitar, has seen them bigger. In fact, the 64-year-old has seen it all, pretty much: He was there when Leo Fender's electric guitar and tube amps changed the face of music in the 1950s; he spawned a league of imitators in the likes of the Bomboras, Los Straitjackets, and the Mermen; and he enjoyed a timely resurgence during the 1990s (kindled by the use of his tune "Miserlou" in the film Pulp Fiction) that Dale is still riding today. Today, the amateur architect, professional pilot, martial arts badass, and guitar pioneer could rest all day on his laurels if he wanted -- but instead, he spends most of his time touring.

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