Hannon, John (1927 – )

Vigorous surfer, manufacturer, promotor, and organizer from Long Island, New York; founder of Hannon Surfboards, the first shop of its kind in the state. "His many contributions to the sport," SURFER Magazine noted in 1964, "have been the single greatest factor that has led to the gigantic surf boom on Long Island."

Hannon was born (1927) in Bellmore, New York, raised on Jones Beach, began surfing at age 11, and became a lifeguard at 16. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, ear...