POSTMORTEM: THE MAKAHA INTERNATIONAL SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS, 1953 – 1973

From the abject failure that was the first Makaha International Surfing Championships in 1953 (flat-water paddling events took place; wave-riding heats canceled due to lack of surf), the event quickly grew to become the biggest prize in all of surfing—the unofficial world championships. Thousands drove out to the West Side to watch the multi-day event….