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Saint Christopher from Duke

10k gold, Saint Christopher medallion given to Brennan "Hevs" McClelland (1920-1992) by Duke Kahanamoku in 1967. Duke was in town to preside over the Huntington Beach Surf Contest. Hevs was co-founder of theAmerica's first surfing governing body, The United States Surfing Association (USSA). Hevs was also known for being a prankster, appearing in comedic skits in many of Bud Brown's surf movies. Hevs at one time was married to Marge Calhoun, who along with her daughters Candy and Robin, were considered the 1960's surfing "Golden Girls". Hevs, along with local legend George "Peanuts" Larson were responsible for introducing our founder Dick Metz, to surfing. Here's a condensed version of that story:

Metz grew up in Laguna Beach in the 1930s. His parents ran a little boxcar restaurant called the Laguna Diner. “It was right on the sand where the lifeguard tower is now,” says Metz. Few people surfed, but two of the locals, Brennan “Hevs” McClelland and George “Peanuts” Larson, took the young Metz under their wings. “During the Depression they were living on the beach and making boards right in front of the restaurant,” says Metz. “My dad used to tell them, ‘Watch the kid and I’ll give you a beer and hamburger at the end of the day.’ I was their meal ticket.”

This was donated to us by local shaper, Jeff Quam.


Digital Watermarking of our images – Public Notice

As part of our commitment to protecting our image donors, the Surfing Heritage Foundation has begun using digital watermarking on ALL of our images, including those images seen on our website. This watermark is not visible to the eye, but is easily seen by many computer programs such at Photoshop and other image editing programs. In addition, we have also purchased a “watermark spider” that crawls the Internet specifically looking for any images that contain our SHF watermark. The Surfing Heritage Foundation is prepared to take the appropriate action should we find any illegal or unlicensed usage of images from our files.