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Surf-Themed Albums

Robert "Jens" Jensen donated 28 surf-themed record albums, including this one as well as Duke Kahanamoku's Favorites! We're slowly but surely growing our music collection, now we just need a classic turntable to play them on.


Surf Detergent

photo: Wilkings

Malibu legend, Kemp Aaberg stopped by recently with this donation. Bruce Brown once used it as a prop in one of his earlier movies as a skit device. Kemp is an accomplished Flamenco guitarist as well as the surfer whose soul arch photo, taken by John Severson, became the Surfer Magazine logo for decades. We're going to be interviewing Kemp (and hopefully his brother Denny) for our Oral History Archives and will post those on our website, but until then you can read an interview conducted with Kemp in Liquid Salt online.


Greenough in Shoes!

A rarer site than the fabled Dodo Bird!
From the collection of Tucker Stevens.


George Downing and the First Fin Box

Here's an excerpt from the new issue of Ocean Magazine, 
Out Now!

Photo: Marshall Crum
“In the early days I didn’t know quite where the optimum place was to position my fin,” Downing said in a recent telecon from his shop in Honolulu, Hawaii. “I couldn’t keep glassing my fin on, then re- move it, and re-glass it...that was a pain in the ass. So I began thinking of some way I could attach my fin to my board with- out having to glass it on. Knowing about sailboats and the different wood used for sailboat construction, I made the first fin box out of wood with a groove in it so you could take the fin in and out, plus it would enable me to experiment with different size fins. The only problem with my fin box design was I had no way of securing the fin tight to the box. By making the box out of teak wood, made it perfect for ocean use. I used a piece of cardboard to secure the fin tight against the wood before I paddled out. Unless somebody invented the fin box before me, mine is the first one in history. I still have the original balsa wood board I installed it on." — board circa late 1940s, fin box added in the early 1950s 
You can view the whole article and the rest of the magazine here:


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.