Joey Hamasaki

Honolulu, 2014

Joey Cabel took to Trestles. He taught me to look out for the poison oak, and also how to not get caught if the Marines came.

All quotes below are taken from an oral history of Joey Hamasaki compiled by the History of Women’s Surfing website. The piece is undated, but may have gone up in the late 1990s; some of the quotes here have been slightly edited.

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I started with redwood bellyboards—my uncle made them. He would take us, his sons and me, to the beach. We rode the bellyboards and saw surfing and wanted to do that too. So he made us balsa surfboards. I was about ten years old.