Ron Chamberlain, Tailor Made For The Man In The Gray Suit

Ron Chamberlain, Tailor Made For The Man In The Gray Suit

Jellyfish, currents, cold water, sea snakes, lightning, large waves…nothing strikes more fear in the hearts of open water swimmers than sharks.

A fin in the water is a scene that open water swimmers dread. A dark body cruising stealthily under the water is even a worse nightmare come true. But a streamlined silhouette screaming up from the depths is the ultimate scare.

But decades ago, Ron Chamberlain, also known as Chambo, coined the well-used American English phrase The Man in the Gray Suit. The phrase puts a different face on the magnificent marine creature that has finally met its match vis-a–vis homo sapiens as the apex predator of the oceans.

Chamberlain is a surfer who has been surfing at San Onofre State Beach since the 1950’s and who provides a daily surf report on Facebook called San Onofre Live, No Jive.

Photo shows a shark swimming in the proximity of Canadian professional marathon swimmer George Park in a race off Rhode Island in 1968.

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Steven Munatones