TOMMY ZAHN: For The Pure Joy of It All
"Figures like Tom [Blake] and Duke [Kahanamoku] are really historic figures... Had they never existed, the sport wouldn't be quite the same. And where can you find guys in this game who led such exemplary lives? These were the real contributors and innovators. I did none of these things... I surfed, paddled and swam for the pure joy of it all. I was successful in some of my ventures... all more or less forgettable. I tried (not always succeeding) in living an exemplary life. It was my pleasure to have been personally acquainted with figures like Duke, Tom, Pete [Peterson], Rabbit [Kekai], George [Downing], Joe [Quigg], Wally [Froiseth], Gene [Tarzan Smith]; but I have no desire to beome a 'professional-grand-old-man-of-surfing'" - Tom Zahn, November 5, 1989
"You will get your day of recognition when the long boards come back." - Tom Blake to Tom Z., August 1967
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Contents of What You Will Receive:
Boards, Boats & Lifeguarding
As A Kid
Pete's Plastic Board, 1946
Hollywood & Marilyn
1947 - Zahn, Quigg, Kivlin, Rochlen & Melonhead The Darrylin Board, 1947-48
Paddling ChampMolokai to O‘ahu, October 1953
"Bounding the Blue on Boards"
Catalina-to-Manhattan Beach Paddle Races
The Kivlin to Dora Connection
Late 1950s, Early 1960s
The Lifeguard's Lifeguard
Skin Cancer, 1979
1984's Almost Forced Retirement
"Recollecting Zahn" by Craig Lockwood
Zahn's Other Side
End of an Era
One For Pete
Tommy listed "A few significant extracts" from his "Aquatic Sports Activities." In his order, they are:
2 times winner - Surf Life Saving Association (SLSA) of Hawaii Rough Water Swimming Championships
4 times winner - Diamond Head Paddleboard Championships,
5 times winner - Catalina to Manhattan Beach Paddleboard Race
Winner - 1956 International Rescue Board Race, Surf Life Saving Association of
2 times winner - Hermosa-Manhattan 2 Mile Roughwater Swim (age group)
CIF Swim Finalist - High School
US Navy Swim Team -
First Senior Olympics 1 Mile, Run-Swim-run & Relay, 1980-82
And, in "Related Work Experience," in the order Tommy listed them:
24 Years skipper of rescue boat Baywatch Santa Monica. Second highest rescue count of all 8 Baywatch stations.
7 Years as Training Officer for the Lifeguard and Harbor Division,
Part time Training Consultant for the California State Lifeguard Service, District 5, 1961-62
Captain and Training Officer for the
Also noteworthy, but unlisted by Zahn:
Pacific Coast Dory Championship, twice