Category: eos-blog

PAUL GEBAUER, 1964: “WHAT DOES THE CONTEST PROVE?”

“What Does the Contest Prove?” ran in the December 28, 1964, issue of the Honolulu Advertiser, during the same week at the annual Makaha International Surfing Championships. Roger Pepper, columnist for the Advertiser, wrote a short intro noting that “there are some who feel that it is bad to exploit surfing in the form of...

WORLD CONTEST METHOD AND MADNESS IN THE ’60s AND ’70s

This year marks the first time in the pro surfing era where the men’s and women’s world titles will be determined not by a surfer’s aggregate point total over an entire season, as has been the case since 1976. Instead, the top five men and top five women surfers, as ranked over the course of...

BUD HENDRICK: SURFER, SAILOR, BULLFIGHTER

A lot of surfers in the 1950s and ’60s—American surfers in particular—were infatuated with bullfighting. Bud Hendrick, an Orange County surfer who and woodworker who did production shaping for Hobie Surfboards, was the only one who actually became a matador. This article is a shortened version of  “Bud Hendrick’s Open Doors,” which ran in the...

“BLACK SURFERS OF THE GOLDEN STATES,” by JEFF DUCLOS (1983)

This article ran in the August 1983 issue SURFER. It has been slightly edited and shortened.  *  *  *  In the late spring of 1951, one of the strongest south swells in memory struck the chiseled hub of California coastline known as Malibu. From point to pier the waves rattled in, cresting at a solid...

A SHORT ILLUSTRATED LOOK AT SURFING AND BULLFIGHTING

Surfing’s post-World War II infatuation with bullfighting lasted for 20 or 25 years, give or take. It’s hard to say exactly how deep it ran, or if the whole thing was half-serious half-ironic (although I think it leaned serious), or if bullfighting was just the lowest-hanging fruit when somebody needed to compare the sport to another...

FRED HEMMINGS – IN HIS OWN WORDS

Don Machado spoke to Fred Hemmings on October 5, 1985, for the Outrigger Canoe Club’s oral history series. The transcript below has been shortened and edited; a full version can be read here.  *  *  * I was born on January 9, 1945, here in Honolulu at Kapiolani Maternity Hospital. It is my good fortune...

“AN AFTERNOON WITH FRED HEMMINGS,” BY PHIL JARRATT (1975)

This short take on soon-to-be IPS founder Fred Hemmings was embedded in a longer article titled “Summer in the Islands,” which ran in the July 1975 issue of Tracks. This version has been slightly edited.  *  *  *  Fred Hemmings was the world champion back in 1968. He still surfs occasionally and runs the Smirnoff...

“WHY NOT THE OLYMPICS?” BY JAMIE RENO (1992)

This editorial ran in the September 1992 issue of Surfing. It has been slightly edited and shortened. *  *  * Remember when three-time world champion Tommy Curren captured the gold medal for the United States at the Olympic Games in 1984? Of course you don’t remember that, because it didn’t happen. Surfing, as you probably...

“EQUAL TIME: OLYMPICS,” BY FERNANDO AGUERRE (1996)

Fernando Aguerre, chairman of the International Surfing Association (ISA), wrote this defense of surfing and the Olympics for the Spring 1996 issue of the Surfer’s Journal. It was a rebuttal to Steve Pezman’s editorial from the previous issue. Aguerre’s article, below, has been shortened and slightly edited.  *  *  * In the last issue of...

“SURFING’S OLYMPIC DREAM SHATTERED,” BY FRED PAWLE (1997)

This article ran in the February 1997 issue of Australia’s Surfing Life. *  *  * “The door is not closed,” International Olympic Committee chairman Juan Antonio Samaranch told his International Surfing Association counterpart Fernando Aguerre when they met in Lausanne last June to discuss surfing’s inclusion in the Olympics, possibly as soon as Sydney in...

SURFING AND THE OLYMPICS: “THE NEXT MILESTONE,” BY PATRICK MCNULTY (1966)

This editorial ran in the December 1966 issue of SURFER, just after the World Surfing Championships wrapped up. It has been slightly edited.  *  *  * The third World Surfing Championships at San Diego were a milestone in the sport of surfing. Bob Ottum of Sports Illustrated described the competition: “The Championships were a breakthrough for...

“THE OLYMPICS AT LAST,” BY GARY FILOSA (1977)

This article was published as a guest editorial in the Summer 1977 issue of Surf magazine. Gary Filosa, a Vermont-raised surf contest promoter and organizer during the 1970s, and president of his self-founded American Surfing Association, is among the sport’s most erratic and provocative figures—but his efforts to bring surfing to the attention of Olympic...

“BORROWED BOARDS,” BY LEWIS SAMUELS. EPISODE ONE: GREECE

Lewis Samuel’s 10-part Borrowed Boards series ran in SURFER in 2011 and 2012. The debut, below, is from the March 2011 issue. *  *  * The concept was simple. Around the world on one-way tickets, bought one at a time. Luggage limited to a single carry-on. No surfboards. What sounded like a problem was intended...

HE’S GOT THE LOOK: GREG NOLL CHARGES LIKE A BULL INTO THE MARKETING GAME

Greg Noll grabbed on to every surfing career opportunity that came his way,  with mixed results. On one end there was the actual surfing, where Noll’s hulking figure practically defined big-wave riding throughout the 1960s; and Greg Noll Surfboards which, like Noll himself, was big and solid. On the other end, we’ve got his failed...

1963 LOS ANGELES SURF FAIR HANDBILL

SURF GUIDE MAGAZINE with KRLA RADIO presents the 1963 LOS ANGELES SURF FAIR DECEMBER 27-28, 11 AM TO 11 PM, SANTA MONICA CIVIC AUDITORIUM, SANTA MONICA EXHIBITS The newest in all lines of surfing equipment from the best Northern and Southern California manufacturers will be on display before the entire surfing world. The manufacturers [will...