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Tom Blake's legacy is much more than records, inventions, better board and photos. His greatest contributions was the life. Our life. Unlike the muscled beach boys and the happy Hawaiians he learned from, Tom Blake didn't just surf, but made a life of surfing. And while the great Duke nobly represented a spiritual link to his ancient Hawaiian heritage sport, it was Tom Blake who provided the modern model for all who came after. And now here we are at the end of the century - a century of surfing. And it is Tom who has shaped us more than anyone - we still look like him, we still dress like him and we still surf like him. - Sam George