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Scott Bass Board Member

Scott Bass, Surfing Heritage Foundation Board Member, has been surfing since 1978; a member of the Swamis Surfing Association; Online Editor at SURFER magazine for 10 years; Executive Director of the Sacred Craft Consumer Surf Expo; host/producer of "Down The Line" surf talk radio in San Diego on XTRA Sports 1360AM; Writer & co-Director of the award winning documentary film Between The Lines. Married to beautiful wife Katrina Bass; two children and living in Encinitas, CA, Scott can be found on any given day, riding everything from short to long to stand up paddle boards.

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Steve Blank Board Member

Steve Blank, Surfing Heritage Foundation Board Member, is the Director of Development of the Surfrider Foundation where he manages all fundraising efforts for the organization. Steve was born and raised in San Diego and has spent all but seven years of his life there. He grew up riding the waves and diving the waters off SoCal and still spends nearly all of his free time outdoors - surfing, skiing, golfing, sailing, fishing and hiking. He is a member of the Board of Earthshare and is also a member of the Executive Committee and past Chair of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational. Steve received his B.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and his Masters in International Business Management from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at UC San Diego. He currently lives in North County San Diego with his wife and their two children. 

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Scott Griffiths Board Member

W. Scott Griffiths, Surfing Heritage Foundation Board Member, is currently CEO of 18/8, a chain of fine men’s salons as well as Boombang Ventures, the venture division of an international brand strategy and product design firm. Scott’s passion has always centered around surfing and surf culture. In 1990, he created a microbrewery call Rhino Chasers, inspired by Greg Noll and the big wave riders. In 2006, Scott led the financing and joined the Board for H2OAudio, a firm that designs waterproof housing for iPods. In 2007, he led the financing and joined the Board for Outside Labs, a leader in skincare and suncare products for surfers and athletes. Mr. Griffiths is also an ongoing instructor at The Art Center College of Design where he teaches advanced product designers how to take product concepts and develop go-to-market strategies.  

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Barry Haun | Curator and Creative Director





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Steve Wilkings | Photo Editor





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Linda Michael | Office Administrator





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Cindy Rincon | Accountant





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Spencer Croul Co-Founder and Board Member



Spencer Croul, Co-Founder and Board Member of Surfing Heritage Foundation, grew up surfing in Newport Beach, California in the early 1970's, bicycling to the beach with surfboard in tow. A San Diego State University graduate in Recreation Administration Management, he earned his Associate of Arts degree at Orange Coast College after graduating from Newport Harbor High School in 1974. He worked 15 years in the private sector as a foam packaging designer and later in the family paint manufacturing business before finding and pursuing his passion as a Surf Culture Preservationist. Bringing foundation management experience to the Surfing Heritage Foundation, he also serves on the board of his family's Foundation. He has amassed his own private collection of historical surfing artifacts, and brings not only his collection to the Surfing Heritage Foundation but also his vast knowledge in surfing collectibles and surfing history. Presently residing in Newport Beach, California, he is remarried, has two children and continues to surf whenever possible.

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Dick Metz Founder and Board Member



Dick Metz, Board Member and Founder of Surfing Heritage Foundation, has supplied the vision for the SHF and the initial funding. Central to the mission, Dick is donating his extensive surfboard collection, and bequeathed his estate to the Foundation. Dick, who grew up in Laguna Beach as a buddy of such notables as Hobie Alter, Reynolds Yater, and Hevs McClelland, is himself a pioneering figure in our sport and industry. As the driving force behind Surfline Hawaii and the Hobie Sports retail chain, and as the traveling surfer who cross-pollinated a fledgling South African surf scene with Hobie and Gordon Clark in California, and suggested to Bruce Brown that he film for The Endless Summer in South Africa, Metz has changed the course of surf history. Now, his goal is to preserve it.

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Bill Blackburn President Emeritus




Bill Blackburn, President Emeritus of Surfing Heritage Foundation, started surfing in 1950 and comes from a family that spent nearly 40 years at San O. (There are now four generations of Blackburns that surf.) Bill is married, has three grandchildren, attained a degree in history from Stanford in 1965. He worked for Dean Witter & Co. until 1973, joined the family business located in Oceanside in 1973 and moved to Laguna Beach where he still lives. Bill owned and operated Hobie Sunglasses (purchased from Hobie in 1989) from 1989- 1996. He currently spends most of his free time surfing ’Nofre and skiing/fly fishing in Idaho or Colorado.

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Paul Strauch Board Member



Paul K. Strauch, Jr., Surfing Heritage Foundation Board Member, was born and raised in Hawaii and began surfing at 4 in Waikik. Following Punahou High School and the University of Hawaii majoring in business management, he spent 20 years as a 3rd-generation real estate broker in Hawaii, and is a former member of the Waikiki Surf Club, Outrigger Canoe Club, Liliuokalani Trust Child Welfare Department advisory board, Governor’s Advisory Committee to Waikiki Beach Improvement, and Honolulu Mayor’s Water Safety Committee. Past president of the Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association, he is a founding member of the Duke Kahanamoku Surf Club, often traveling with Duke. His event titles include the ’63 & ‘68 Peruvian International Championships, Hawaii State Surfing Champion, ‘65 & ‘66, ‘69 Makaha International Senior Men’s Champion, ‘82 Hawaii Modern Longboard Men’s Champion, and ‘84 Hawaii Nose-riding Men’s Champion. He is the only person to have a surfing maneuver, the Paul Strauch Cheater Five, named after him. Currently president of the Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre he is vice president at Sign Biz, Inc. in Dana Point, CA.

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Jay "Sparky" Longley Board Member



Jay "Sparky" Longley, Surfing Heritage Foundation Board Member, is a surfer, hang glider, skier, biker, and snowboarder. When he decided to overcome his fear of heights and surf the world, he bought a plane and learned how to fly. In 1975 Sparky located to San Clemente to officially set up shop, where Rainbow sandals are still hand made today. Now the former one-man, six-sandal-a-day garage production has had to expand overseas to keep up with the 5,000 pair-day demand. Once worn only by surfers, Sparky's sandals now have a nationwide following.

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Greg Dillion Board Member



Greg Dillion, Surfing Heritage Foundation Board Member, grew up in Ohio and took up many of his favorite sports later in life — skiing at 25, surfing at 33, scuba at 39, snowboarding at 40, wakeboarding at 45 and kiteboarding at 50. Greg is never happier than when sharing these pastimes with his wife and five kids. Locally, Greg’s surf spots range from Oceanside to Bolsa Chica, but he also likes to safari each year and has surfed a number of locations in the Indian Ocean, the South Pacific and Central and South America. Greg obtained his B.A. from Cornell University and his law degree from the University of Texas. In 1984 he co-founded Newmeyer & Dillion. Since then, the firm has grown from three lawyers to 60 and has become a full-service law firm with offices in Newport Beach and Walnut Creek.

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Chris Evans Secretary


Chris Evans, Secretary of the Surfing Heritage Foundation, a trial lawyer and environmental activist, Chris began boating and wave riding on the North Shore, (well, off Long Island New York...), in 1960. He moved to Southern California in 1965 and has spent the years since then living, surfing and boating in Orange County. He was the Senior Assistant District Attorney of Orange County commanding the Major Offenses Division until 1999 when he took the post as U.S. Executive Director of the Surfrider Foundation, which he held for five years. In 2004 he left that position for a judicial appointment on the Superior Court bench. Chris was named SIMA's 2005 Environmentalist of the Year for his non profit work with Surfrider Foundation in the U.S. and globally. He is a long time member of the San Onofre Surf Club.

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Steve Pezman Vice President



Steve Pezman, Vice President of Surfing Heritage Foundation, began surfing in 1957 in Orange County, CA. Surfed the 1962-’63 winter season on the North Shore, then returned to California to lifeguard, sail in the merchant marine, build surfboards and co-own Creative Design Surfboards, a Huntington Beach surf shop through the late 1960s. In 1967, Steve began freelance writing for surf magazines, in 1969 becoming associate editor at Petersen’s International Surfing magazine. Moved to Surfer magazine as Assoc. Editor in 1970, later that year becoming Publisher and serving in that capacity through 1991. Currently Co- founder and publisher of The Surfer's Journal, various surfing books, and executive producer of The Surfer's Journal on Outdoor Life Network. Steve has helped found various surfing organs, currently serves on the advisory boards of the Surfrider Foundation and the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association.

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Robert C. Mardian President


Robert C. Mardian, President of Surfing Heritage Foundation, is a graduate of Stanford University and earned his M.B.A. at Pepperdine University. Mr. Mardian operates restaurants in California, Hawaii, and Texas and has surfed the coasts of all three states. He has finished in the top 30% of the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. He served on the Finance Committee for the 1988 U.S. Olympic Committee. Bob is a lifelong surfer and member of the San Onofre Surfing Club since 1954. Like his father before him and his son and daughters now, he continues to surf at San Onofre and on occasion, all three generations are in the water at the same time. 

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