Tom Thayer

For some people, age really is nothing but a number. Meet Tom Thayer. He was a lifeguard in San Diego for 35 years…until he was 60. An avid bodysurfer throughout, he’s amassed decades of knowledge about the sport. To top it off, he’s a passionate gardener who uses kelp to fertilize his fruit trees (watch the video to learn how). Legendary, to say the least.

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Producer Cyrus Sutton
Camera Cyrus Sutton
Edit Hayley Gordon
Music "Hometown" (Instrumental Version) by Mick Hargreaves