1883 – 1918: GEORGE FREETH’S LIFE AND TIMES IN NEWSPRINT

George Freeth was born in Honolulu in 1883 and began surfing at age 19. He helped reintroduce stand-up riding (as compared to prone or kneeling), and after moving to California in 1907 he almost single-handedly popularized the sport in that state. Freeth also was instrumental in creating the beachfront lifeguarding profession. Freeth died in 1919,…