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Photos from our The Descendants event

The Descendants' author, Kaui Hart Hemmings and her father, first Hawaiian World Surfing Champion and retired Hawaii State Senator, Fred Hemmings. Photo: Sharon Marshall
SHF co-founder Spencer Croul, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, SHF founder Dick Metz, retired Hawaii State Senator Fred Hemmings, and Howard Hills (Rohrabacher's assistant)Photo: Sharon Marshall
Thank you to Kaui, Senator Hemmings, our sponsors and volunteers, and all the guests for helping to make this a very special evening to remember!
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Guess what makes those kinds of marks in a surfboard–"biters"–not our favorites. Still, if surfers or people in general were on Whitey's menu, we'd be disappearing right and left. That doesn't bring us too much comfort when we're the first to paddle out in the morning on a foggy day. We've got this board on loan and display, here at SHF. Photo: Linda Michael

Who: John Forse
What: 12' Great White shark attack (determined by bite in John's leg and tooth marks left in the board by Ralph Collier - shark expert) 
Where:  Gleneden Beach, OR
When: April 22, 1998
Why:  Mistaken identity??
Details: John was surfing and his first reaction was that it was a seal. The shark pulled John under by his leg and John started hitting it with his fist and the shark released him and John shot to the surface. The shark surfaced too and was looking at him, John said he was as big as a Volkswagon across and he was about an arm's length from its dorsal fin then the shark dove under and John's leash was caught in the shark's jaws so he was dragged under again and he thought  this is the end but just as he thought that the shark bit through the leash and John made it to the surface and was able to paddle in despite his injury!  He said " I think the shark was as freaked out as I was!" (We have some doubts about that).

Teeth marks in the wetsuit (they correspond to the board and stitches in John's leg. Photo: Linda Michael

One of several newspaper articles on the event.


Hollow Hawaiian Surfboard, circa 1935

Robert Wengert donated this amazing circa 1935, 10’ Hawaiian surfboard. It’s pretty unique in shape and in the fact that it’s a redwood board that’s been hollowed out, reinforced with ribs and then skinned over with plywood, weighing 47 lbs. The fin was probably added when the hollowing-out took place. Painted on the deck is “Yokwe-Yok” with “Erik Auri” below that (possibly the previous board owner’s name). This board will become part of our timeline on the evolution of board design display. Photo: Linda Michael


Terry Martin RIP

photo: Glenn Sakamoto/Liquid Salt Magazine

The surfing world lost one of it's great treasures on May 12, 2012, with the passing of legendary shaper, Terry Martin. Terry was a gem of a human being and unquestionably had shaped more surfboards than anyone else by the tens of thousands. Terry was irreplaceable and will be missed by anyone who had the fortune of crossing his path or riding one of his surfboards. A service was held on Friday, May 18, with over 1,000 in attendance and then 400 plus attended the fundraiser auction at the Dana Point Ocean Institute, 2 days later. Some amazing boards and artwork now reside in private hands. A replica of the first board Terry shaped (which was also the last one he shaped as part of the auction) was a huge fundraising item and it will remain part of Terry's family and will be displayed at the Dana Point Hobie Store.

The Surfer's Journal has a couple articles you can read HERE: and HERE.



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Theme is "California Gold"; Auction set for May 11, 2013; Randy Rarick to Emcee

APRIL 3, 2012, (SAN CLEMENTE, CA.) -- -- The Surfing Heritage Foundation is proud to announce that Quiksilver Waterman Collection has signed on as presenting sponsor for the Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction. The auction will benefit the Surfing Heritage, and will take place on May 11, 2013 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in the new state-of-the-art events building "The Hangar".

"Quiksilver and the Quiksilver Waterman Collection has a solid history with Randy Rarick's Hawaiian Surf Auction, and we're excited to be involved with the latest incarnation, the Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction," said Peter Mel, Quiksilver Waterman Collection Marketing Director. "Our crew of waterman, from Mark Healey to Mel Pu'u to Jamie Mitchell, and the entire Quiksilver family, believe very strongly in the preservation of surfing's heritage, and we look forward to an exciting auction."

Randy Rarick, a member of the Surfing Heritage Auction Advisory Committee, is offering his auction expertise to the Surfing Heritage and will also serve as the emcee of the Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection.

"I've been a big fan and supporter of the Surfing Heritage for many years," said Rarick. "As I pass the auction torch to them, I'm excited to know that Quiksilver Waterman Collection is again the presenting sponsor. I look forward to an exciting auction for a great cause, the preservation of our surfing heritage."

"California Gold" is the theme of the Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection. Surfboards and memorabilia with a California flair from the '20s through the '70s. The Surfing Heritage Auction Advisory Committee has already coalesced a solid selection of "Gold" from various sellers and are actively searching for more. The committee is anticipating between 50 - 60 pristine vintage surfboards for the live auction and at least 40 items for the silent auction.

In addition to the auction, there will also be a VIP cocktail reception on Friday May 10, 2013 (location tbd).  

The Surfing Heritage Auction Advisory Committee consists of Fernando Aguerre, Bolton Colburn, Spencer Croul, Keith Maynard Eshelman, Barry Haun, Robert C. Mardian, Dick Metz, Steve Pezman, Dan Pincetich, Randy Rarick, Boyd Scofield, Erwin Spitz and Carey Weiss. The auction's executive producer is Scott Bass of SWB Inc. 

Please put the Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection on May 11, 2013 on your calendar now.

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Steve Wilkings gets inducted into the Surfer's Walk of Fame

photo: Sharon Marshall

On Saturday, April 7, our Photo Archivist, Legendary Surf Photographer Steve Wilkings was inducted into the Hermosa Beach Surfer's Walk of Fame. Here's a write up on that event. (PS, we consider Steve to be one of our most valuable "Gems" around here).

By Robb Fulcher

Steve Wilkings and Mark Levy check out the plaques that will bear their names on the Surfers Walk of Fame. Photo by Mike Balzer

Dazzling golden sunshine bathed former U.S. Surfing Champion Mark Levy and widely published surf photographer Steve Wilkings as they were formally inducted onto the Hermosa Beach Surfers Walk of Fame in a Saturday ceremony at the foot of the city pier.
Wilkings grew misty-eyed when he offered “a special thank you” to another Walk of Fame inductee, surf photographer Leroy Grannis, who passed away last year.
“He was my mentor,” Wilkings said. “It’s hard to think of him passing. He was a wonderful man.”
Wilkings, a third generation Hermosan, surveyed his picture-postcard surroundings.
“What more could you ask for…This was a wonderful place to grow up,” he said.
He recounted working at an aquarium that once stood south of the pier, near where Scotty’s on the Strand restaurant is located, and seeing his first published photo in “Surfer” magazine in 1964.
“I thought, this is great, this is fun,” he said.
Wilkings’ parents let him turn the family bathroom into a darkroom to develop his photos. Local surfers would wait outside for proof sheets and choose shots to buy from Wilkings for $1.
“When I think back on it, it was kind of funny, because we only had one bathroom,” Wilkings said, recalling the occasional urgent knocking from a family member who would have to wait for photos to develop before the door could be opened and light allowed in.
Wilkings developed a system to mount cameras on the tails of surfboards, and shoot photos from behind the surfer, from inside the tube to the outside, using a remote control device from the beach.

A July 1965 photo by Steve Wilkings captures Mike Stevenson, Steve Clark, Alfred Laws and Richard Crawford in Hermosa Beach.

He helped chronicle a golden age of Hermosa surfing in the 1960s before moving to Oahu, Hawaii to photograph high-paying surf competitions there.
Wilkings served as a senior staff photographer for Surfer magazine for a decade, and his images have appeared in Time, Life, People, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone and Surfers Journal magazines, as well as in numerous books.
Levy took to the podium following a glowing introduction by his brother Derek, also a noted waterman.
“I was wondering who he was talking about,” Levy joked.
The Hermosa native praised Wilkings’ distinctive and eye-grabbing magazine photos, and took his turn waxing expansive upon the town.
“We live in such a cool place…such a beautiful playground, and the people are so nice,” he said.
“I am deeply moved to be a part of this. This is really cool,” Levy said.
He expressed gratitude for his family and for surfing mentors, including his brother, who shows “no fear” in big waves. Levy noted his brother’s strong finish in the Legends division of the recent Dive N’ Surf  South Bay Boardriders Club contest, which was won by Walk of Fame inductee Mike Purpus, once a top-ranked pro.
“Nobody else from here has done what Mike Purpus has done,” Levy said.
He cited Purpus as a key influence.
“Purpus could turn like nobody’s business,” Levy said.
Levy reeled off a long list of wins and high finishes in the 1970s, and won the U.S. Junior Men’s Surfing Championship in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in 1974. He was named “Best Californian Surfer” in the October 1974 issue of Surfer magazine. The Jacobs “Tiger Tail” surfboard is his signature model.
He finished second in the 32-mile Catalina Classic paddleboard race in 1976, paddled the length of the 1,100-mileCaliforniacoastline, and paddled the English Channel along with six other members of the South Bay Paddleboard Club.
He participated in adventure paddles at Loch Ness, Manhattan Island, New York, and an ill-fated Florida-to-Cuba relay. Out of the water, Levy finished the Boston Marathon in 2 hours and 48 minutes.
The inductees were draped in flower leis and presented with bronze plaques that will be affixed to the pier.
Posted in the April 12, 2012 edition of The Easy Reader News


Remember 45s?

Jens Jensen has donated a stack of 45s to add to our growing record collection. WIth over 50 records and sleeves, there are singles by well-known groups like The Beach Boys, and The Ventures,  as well as Japanese imports and other rarities.


The Innovations of Hobie

We're in the process of gathering material for an upcoming exhibit titled "The Innovations of Hobie" which will open to the public on Sunday, April 29, 2012. There will be a private reception the night before for Members of Surfing Heritage, and we're expecting quite a turnout. If you're not a current member or are overdue for your renewal, now's the time! Naturally, one of the aspects we'll be covering is the Hobie Cat. Dick Metz's good friend, Jim McElveen donated this copy of "The Worrell 1000", a grueling 1,000 mile race that takes place on the East Coast, running between Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Virginia Beach, Va. All the competitors use 16-foot Hobie Cats. Jim's sailing partner, Mike Snow, is shown here on page 64 of this book (Mike's wearing the black and white striped shirt). That's Jim McElveen (in the grey sweat shirt with red shirt collar, with SHF Founder, Dick Metz).


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.