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LEGENDARY SURFERS GROUP GUIDELINES 🌿🌊🌿🏄‍♂️🏄‍♀️
 LEGENDARY SURFERS
Famous. Well known. Surfing Royalty. Pioneers. Innovators. Influential Shapers. Surf journalists. Surf photographers & filmmakers. Established surf artists. Past and Current surf pros. Outstanding Soul Surfers. Local Legends. Up and Coming Legends in the Making.
 ALL POSTS
Is it Legendary or historical
Relevant to classic surf culture
Photos and videos must be surf-related.
Anything not related to surfing will be removed.
 PHOTOS
Photos must contain Surfer ID and photographer credit.
If photographer is unknown, type “photographer unknown”.
WAVE PHOTOS must include photographer credit.
 PLEASE CORRECT YOUR POST CAPTIONS TO INCLUDE PROPER CREDIT if an LS member identifies the photographer or provides corrected Surfer ID in the comments section of your post.
Please use an album for multiple photos.
All album photos must be surfing related.
 VIDEOS must include source of ID
Please post generic beach scenes elsewhere.
Please post skateboarding and car/motorcycle photos elsewhere
Respect the locals. --> Do not name secret spots or lesser known spots.
 POSTS
Please limit your posts to 8 or so in a 24 hour period.
Please refrain from sharing/recycling other members’ posts.
 SELLING / ADVERTISING
Limited exceptions only. Must be approved by Admin.
Environmental posts must be approved by Admin.
 KEEP IT PONO
No Politics.
Negative & derogatory comments will be deleted, and may result in removal from the group.
Let’s keep the Aloha Spirit by doing all of the above! 🤙
🌴🌊

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Tom Blake (1902-1994)

Aloha and Welcome. My Tom Blake chapter is one of the longest chapters in my collection and is based on the definitive Blake biography Tom Blake: The Uncommon Journey of a Pioneer Waterman, which I co-wrote with Blake biographer and friend Gary Lynch, published in 2001.


To read, please click on the image below:

Contents

Introduction
Blake Beginnings
Malibu First Ridden with Sam Reid, 1926
Hollow Board Evolution, 1926-29
  Drilled-Holes, 1926-29
  Pacific Coast Surfriding Championships, 1928
  Carved Chambered Hollows, 1929
Surf Photography, 1929
Ala Wai Canal Contests, 1929-1931
Further Board Developments
Surfer Lifestyle Pioneer
Longest Rides, 1930 & 1936
Early 1930s Innovations
  The Sailboard, 1931-32
  Collapsible Surfboard, 1932
  The Leash
Santa Monica Guarding, 1932-33
Catalina Crossing, 1932
Production Boards
USA East Coast
  Miami, 1933-34
  Nassau, Bahamas, 1934
  Long Island, New York, 1934
The Skeg & Other Innovations
Palos Verdes & Miami 1939-41
World War II and After
Early 1950s
Surfing’s End, 1955
1960s
  “Voice of the Wave,” 1968
1970s
Last Years


“When I was a young man, I fell from social grace, or rather was pushed into deep water. Thereafter I became a rebel of the society that had so taken advantage of a well meaning youth. I soon found that even deep water supports a rebel, if he has the will and ability to swim, regardless of race, color or creed. At times I found the water good, better than the land I was cut off from; the blessings of nature, superior and more honest and productive to happiness than the striving to conform: was thus I came to know my god.”

-- Tom Blake, July 16, 1968

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