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Fenton Scholes' Balsa Board

Palos Verdes Surf Club member, Fenton Scholes, shaped this 9'7" solid balsa board with the help of other PVSC members, circa late 1940s-early 1950s. Fenton rode it at the Palos Verdes cove throughout the 1950s. It was glassed with early 2oz marine fiberglass and shows numerous patch jobs, including a small Simmons style skeg that was broken off and re-attatched. The board is a precursor to the Malibu Chip. Fenton Scholes, was the last remaining original member of the PVSC and he passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2015.
One of the first and most enduring mainland surfing clubs in the U.S., the Palos Verdes Surfing Club began in the mid-1930s, in either 1934 or 1935 depending on the account, by Hermosa Beach dentist John Heath “Doc” Ball and Adolph “Adie” Bayer. It held its regular meetings in a back room at Ball’s dentist office on Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles.

The Palos Verdes Surf Club had its own distinctive green club jackets. Smoking was forbidden during meetings, and the group had its own creed, in which members swore to “at all times strive to conduct myself as a club member and a gentleman.” In addition to its own activities, the PVSC organized and conducted surfing contests and popular paddleboard race events between themselves and other clubs that had begun to spring up along the Southern California coast in Santa Monica, Venice, San Onofre and Del Mar.

The club’s members were part of a a fairly small group of surfers in that era, 25 years before surfing started to become a national phenomenon. Its members say there were so few surfers back then that if a car went by on the highway with a surfboard sticking out, chances were better than good that both parties knew each other.

This board was donated by Fenton's son, Chris Scholes and Paul Diamond.


Dr. Lance Maki donated this beautiful Curly Redwood plank style surfboard made by Greg Noll. It's one of Greg's early "Reproduction" models and it's currently on display in SHACC's showroom.


Floral Print Model A

Ed Clapp, owner of Surfboards Hawaii, donated this clean unique floral deck noserider Model A surfboard from back on the east coast.


Hawaiian Paipo

Jim Growney donated 2 Hawaiian Paipos (he's pictured here with one of them that belonged to John Waidelich) along with a collection of photos of them being ridden. This one is now part of our "Alternative Wave Riding Equipment" display. 

Growney is pictured below riding a Paipo at Sunet Beach on the North Shore. Photo by Val Valentine.
Learn more about the history of the Growney paipo board in this interview with Jim Growney:



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.