“THE FATHER OF SURFING,” GEORGE FREETH PROFILE by IAN WHITCOMB

A shorter version article ran in the August 2000 issue of American Heritage Magazine, under the title “The Beach Boy.” Whitcomb was a semi-novelty British Invasion rock-and-roller, who later became a producer, actor, and history writer.   *  *  *  I was hurrying down an endless corridor in San Francisco’s International Airport, in a swirl of…