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Dewey Weber

Transition Era Logo

A variation of this Weber logo appears on Nat Young’s transition era surfboard that he rode on the North Shore during the winter of 1969. Nat made the July cover of Surfer riding this board and was also voted Number 1 in the Surfer Poll Awards that same year. The board and this rice paper logo will be featured in our Dewey Weber exhibit. The logo was donated by Lonnie Argabright, a former Weber team rider.


The Innovations of Hobie

Check out The Innovations of Hobie online!
(part 3 is up but still being worked on)
The Innovations of Hobie
April 29-September 9, 2012
This exhibition was made possible through major support from 
Gordon Clark, Founder of Clark Foam
with additional support from
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

This was the inaugural exhibition in the new Croul Family Foundation Gallery
The exhibit was curated by Barry Haun.
We still have event tee-shirts featuring the classic image of Hobie at Sano, pictured above,  
$20 while supplies last 
Click HERE if you'd like to purchase one
Thank you
Longboard Vineyards Wines · Agave Underground Tequila · Primo Hawaiian Lager · 
Hawaiian Spring Waters · Hobie Polarized · Modern Postcard · Hobie by Hurley


Unique Early Hollow Surfboard

Scott Howlind stopped by with this unique, hollow surfboard, that was recently left in his dumpster! It's 9', 20" wide, 3" thick sloping to the rails, and weighs 28 lbs. It's solid in the nose, ribbed and hollow from about 2 feet back, with no drain plug or fin. The deck and bottom are domed and the rails are straight parallels but have some curve to them, kind of 50/50 and only a inch and a half thick. Looks to be from the '30s or '40s but we're not sure. Anyone out there seen one like it? We had a recent donation of one that was a lot more contoured, this is very plank-like but the domed deck is unusual.

 tail detail
nose detail


Surf Art

French artist Jean-Marc Lanusse, makes these amazing small sculptures out of mixed media that includes tea bags. Yep, I said tea bags. You can see more of his work here:


Velzy's Shop

This came to us by way of SHF Cub Reporter, Baby Dave Rochlen and comes from the Croul Publications facebook page

Here’s a little piece of history: a photo of Dale Velzy’s first shop in Manhattan Beach, and the only such picture known to exist.

When our book “Dale Velzy is Hawk” was being produced it was an endless source of frustration to us that we were unable to find a photo of this location. Velzy opened the shop, a former shoe repair just a stone’s throw from the Pier, after he’d been booted off the be
ach for littering the sand with his balsa wood shavings.

It was the world’s first commercial custom-built surfboard shop, and according to Velzy himself, it was there that he was issued California’s first State Board of Equalization resale (sales tax) number in the category of surfboards.

Our special thanks go out to Don Guild, who took the photo in 1952, and to Don Craig, who helped make it available to us. —Paul Holmes

For the record, we get lots of correspondence regarding Velzy having a shop before Hobie, but Hobie was the first to construct a building specifically for the manufacturing and sale of surfboards. Pacific System Homes, LA Ladder, Rogers, etc. all manufactured boards as supplemental income and Simmons, Quigg and Kivlin worked out an existing building in the Santa Monica/Venice area. Velzy author Paul Holmes informed us that this building pictured here was originally a shoe repair shop that Dale converted into his surf shop.


Post Event News

Thank You Christian, Patagonia, Daphne's, Primo, Longboard Vineyards, Hawaiian Spring Waters, volunteers, and everyone that came out for this great event!
CLICK HERE to view photos from the event.
photo: Dillon Joyce
Christian Beamish 
Christian Beamish came to the Surfing Heritage Foundation with his boat Cormorant in tow, and read from his new book The Voyage of the Cormorant (Patagonia Books), talking about how small boat voyaging came about as a natural extension of his surfing life.

The story of building Cormorant, his 18-foot Shetland Isle beach boat, learning to sail her, and then departing from San Diego for a solo surf trip down the Pacific coast of Baja, The Voyage of the Cormorant is also a surfing adventure, with special attention to surfboard design. Heavily influenced by the Simmons keel fin and Pat Curren Waimea gun in the SHF collection, Christian will discuss his combining design elements of both boards, and the link between deepwater sailing and big wave riding.

We have books available for purchase ($27 includes tax).

with support from


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.