was the foremost of the haoles
during surfing's "revival" at Waikiki in the first decade of the Twentieth Century. Not only would he be instrumental in helping to popularize surfing at Waikiki, along with the likes of Alexander Hume Ford
and Jack London
, but he would go on to introduce surfing to the U.S. mainland, become the first recognized professional ocean lifeguard, and one of the great watermen of the first two decades of the 1900s.
Inspired by the biography of Freeth that Arthur C. Verge had published back in 2001 -- and which is still freely available online
, here, thanks to Arthur -- I gathered together everything I could find on George Freeth, "The Father of California Surfing," and included it in LEGENDARY SURFERS Volume 1
. Due to requests I have had over the years, I have also added this chapter to the LEGENDARY SURFERS eBooklet series:
Total pages: 42 (2.83 MB), including images and 7 pages of footnotes.
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Labels: 1900s, 1910s, Alexander Hume Ford, California, George Freeth, Jack London, lifeguarding, Ocean Beach, Redondo, San Diego, Venice Beach, Waikiki