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Man who named Steamer Lane passes away at 96

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Claude Horan: the godfather of Steamer Lane | Photo: Francis Haar

Claude “Duke” Horan, the man who named Steamer Lane, has passed away at 96.

Steamer Lane is one of the most popular surf spots in the world. The iconic peak located in Santa Cruz, Northern California, was accidentally baptized by Claude Horan, in 1936.

“My God, look outside, they’re breaking clean out in the steamer lane.” The phrase came out of “Duke” Horan’s mouth when a big swell hit the Californian coast in the late 1930s, and steamboats entered Santa Cruz Wharf.

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