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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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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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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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2008 ASP Masters in Brazil

[ Excerpt of an ASP press release: "Brazil to Host Historic Assemblage of Talent for 2008 ASP World Masters," EXPN.go.com, May 7, 2008 ]

For the first time in five years, the ASP World Masters Championships will assemble some of the most legendary names in professional surfing to Rio de Janeiro's Barra de Tijuca from June 30 through July 6, 2008 to crown the 2008 ASP World Masters and ASP World Grand Masters Champions.

The Rio Masters will feature two divisions in the ASP Masters (surfers aged over 35) and the ASP Grand Masters (surfers aged over 47). The top 14 in each division are invited directly off of ASP career ratings (points being accrued by winning ASP World Titles, Top 5 World rankings, Top 10 World rankings and time spent on the ASP World Tour)...

Confirmed athletes to this season's Rio Masters include former ASP World Champions Mark Occhilupo (AUS), Shaun Tomson (ZAF), Peter Townend (AUS), Rabbit Bartholomew (AUS), Tom Curren (USA), Damien Hardmen (AUS), Martin Potter (ZAF) and Derek Ho (HAW) as well as former ASP World Masters Champions Gary Elkerton (AUS), Michael Ho (HAW), Cheyne Horan (AUS) and Terry Richardson (AUS). Other confirmed athletes include Brad Gerlach (USA), Rob Bain (AUS), Dave Macaulay (AUS), Hans Hedemann (HAW), Buzzy Kerbox (HAW), Simon Anderson (AUS) and Ian Cairns (AUS)...

"Wonderful to have the Masters back on again," [Shaun] Tomson said. "I'll be there with bells on and definitely looking forward to seeing the guys again and having a great event in Rio."

The 2008 Rio Masters will be the first of a three-year license for Brazil, and this year's event will stand alone in terms of Masters events, crowning both the ASP World Masters Champion and ASP World Grand Masters Champion...

( Barra de Tijuca image courtesy of Oglobo.globo.com )

ASP World Masters Championships Past Champions: Aged 35 and over:

2003: Gary Elkerton (AUS)
2001: Gary Elkerton (AUS)
2000: Gary Elkerton (AUS)
1999: Cheyne Horan (AUS)
1998: Joey Buran (USA)
1997: Terry Richardson (AUS)

ASP World Grand Masters Championships Past Champions: Aged 47 and over:

2003: Rabbit Bartholomew (AUS)
2001: Mark Richards (AUS)
2000: Michael Ho (HAW)
1999: Rabbit Bartholomew (AUS)
1998: Buzzy Kerbox (HAW)

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

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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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