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Alec Cooke

Honolulu, Hawaii, 2001
I paddled out at Waimea that morning with blood in my eyes.

Alec Cooke, better known as Ace Cool, was 45 years old when Nathan Myers interviewed him by email in 2001 for entry in The Encyclopedia of Surfing.

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Where and when were you born?

Boston, Massachusetts, near Harvard, on February 4, 1956. I was one of the first sperm-donor babies. My father was from Hawaii’s original Cooke family, but he had a latent condition known as Huntington’s Chorea, which he didn’t want to pass to me, thank God. My genetic father was a Harvard Medical School doct...