By the late 1950s, WindanSea beach crowd had the reputation of being the most radical of all.
FRED VAN DYKE — “Someone ought to do a psychological profile of that La Jolla group. Great guys, but totally out of control.” The most rebellious group of people I ever met,” added the legendary big wave surfer, “They were like wild animals!”
Legendary big wave rider, GREG NOLL added to Fred Van Dyke remark, “WindanSea crowd was the most Radical of all Surfers … It was just another way to flip off society!
In 1962, two good friends Chuck Hasley and Jack “Mac” Macpherson took it a step forward and formed two infamous organization. Chuck and, an unknown surfer at the time, Mike Hynson, got tired of being called, want-a-be surf kooks by surfers up north and formed, WindanSea Surf Club.
At the same time, Jack “Mac” Macpherson and Bob “Meda” Rakestraw, known for their outrageous pranks set up a fictitious company and president, known as Mac Meda Destruction Company.
WindanSea Surf Club literally kicked ass and won just about every surf contest and well, Mac Meda got the reputation of being some terrorist group where the prime goal from the police and even the FBI sought the arrest of their President, Albert Mac Meda. If you wore a Mac Meda shirt or had a sticker on your vehicle, it was common to be pulled over by the police, and sometimes interrogated of where the President was.
Click on the link above which is an 1963 Article by the San Diego Evening Tribune of authorities looking for Albert Mac Meda. What makes this article even funnier, the photo is of Bob Rackstraw behind bars holding a real grenade; the author claimed it was a mad man behind some Singapore jail — when in reality, Jack had made a jail cell out of Bobs room (as a joke) in their house in La Jolla, so when Bob got out jail (from being drunk) it made him feel like he was home.
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