Reid, Sam

American surfing pioneer from New Jersey; the first person, along with Tom Blake, to ride Malibu. Reid was seven years old in 1912 when Hawaii's Duke Kahanamoku gave a surfing demonstration in Atlantic City, near Reid's home; the following day Reid began riding waves on his mother's ironing board.

Reid traveled to California at age 19 and became a lifeguard at the Santa Monica Swimming Club. In 1925, he made the first of many visits to Hawaii. In the early fall of 1927, Reid and Tom Blake dr...