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PAUL STRAUCH Chapter Reformat

The chapter on Paul Strauch has been reformatted for easier reading and printing from your home computer. Please click the image of Paul, below, to read:





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DUKE SURFTEAM Reformatted

I've reformatted the chapter on the Duke Kahanamoku Surf Team for easier reading and printing off your home computer. Click on the image below to view:




Duke Team image courtesy of Fred Hemmings. Butch Van Artsdalen missing.


The Duke Surf Team got underway in 1965. The brainchild of Kimo McVay (Duke's manager), it consisted of some of the hottest surfers of the period -- surfers who have gone on to legendary status.

The Duke Surf Team can be considered Duke's last real involvement in surfing before his passing in 1968. Although he was active as an honorary figure at various contests and recognition ceremonies and maintained a presence at his club in Waikiki, one of Duke's last acts as a surfer was touring with his team and racking up continued fresh memories as "The Father of Modern Surfing." Certainly, all four members of the Duke Team -- Paul Strauch, Joey Cabell, Fred Hemmings and Butch Van Artsdalen -- grew to appreciate those twilight years of Duke's...

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Chapters in Japanese

Back in 2002, I was honored when Naohiko "Sponge" Sugihara translated two of my earliest chapters in the LEGENDARY SURFERS collection: "The First Surfers" and "Traditional Hawaiian Surf Culture." These have finally been added to the contents listing in the right-hand sidebar. You can also take a look by clicking the Herb Kane images below:






The First Surfers (Japanese Language)




Traditional Hawaiian Surf Culture (Japanese language)


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GEORGE FREETH by Verge

In 2001, Arthur C. Verge's "George Freeth: King of the Surfers and California's Forgotten Hero" was published in the California Historical Society's magazine California History, quickly establishing his work as the major resource on the man best known as "The Father of California Surfing."





Arthur's article is reproduced here, with his permission and with a number of images from the original publication. We just ask that if you really enjoy this look into the life of George Freeth and want to donate to a good cause, that you make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Southern California Chapter:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Southern California Chapter
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"George Freeth: King of the Surfers and California's Forgotten Hero"

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J-Bay Reformatted

I finally got around to reformatting Laurence Platt's contribution on J-Bay... recalling the early days of one of the planet's greatest surf zones: Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa...





To view, please go to: Jeffrey's Bay by Laurence Platt

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