Legendary Surfer Les Williams has passed on. Les was the first one to show what could be done with a Quigg Chip at Malibu in the late 1940s. He remained active in surfing and was dedicated to the San Onofre Surfing Club, as a long-time member and recently as President. The club's blog has a bit more about Les at:

San Onofre Surfing Club

(Beach Boys album with Les on the cover courtesy of SOSC)

The LEGENDARY SURFERS collection has an ebooklet that features Les in his earlier years at Malibu:

Malibu Board

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only knew Les in recent years - and that was via email to my home over here in the UK ... but what a kind soul. During research for my book on Beach Boys album covers (naturally, the "Surfin' USA" sleeve featuring Les had a significant portion of the text) he recalled those halcyon days of the late 50's and 60's with such relish. I just wish I had gotten to know him that little bit better. RIP my friend ...

August 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I interviewed Les for a film I am working on about some other historic surfers, he was generous with his time, and was a joy to speak with

August 02, 2007  
Blogger Inkwell Surf Club said...

If it hadn't been for Les Williams there wouldn't be a plaque at Ink Well Beach. Les Williams helped with every step including staying on the phone with me three days in a row while I looked for Nick & his mother's grave. He was so gracious & happy about talking to me about Nick. I just found out today of his passing but he did leave me with a chapter of his book with personal comments in regards to the attitude of the day Nick died at the pier. I am glad I had a chance to get to know him.

November 04, 2013  

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