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Carl Ekstrom's asymmetrical surfboard

Product designer and surfboard innovator Carl Ekstrom was just awarded the "Best in Show" trophy at Sacred Craft this past weekend, for his forward thinking asymmetrical designed surfboards. Carl, his wife Denise, and test pilot Richard Kenvin stopped by recently with some of Carl's newer inventions. If you think this is interesting, you should see the finless model he's come up with. You can read up on Carl in a past issue of Surfer's Journal, Volume 15, Number 2.


Duke Kahanamoku's Flying "V" surfboard

Duke surfing tandem with Viola Hartman, Corona del Mar, 1922

Robert Wald, publisher of Ocean Magazine, based out of San Diego, is including a new series of articles focusing on boards from our collection. This issue features the Duke Kahanamoku shaped Flying "V" surfboard. You can view the magazine online here. Next issue's board: Dale Velzy and the Bump model.


Ron Drummond Canoe Surfing

This photo was donated by the Bascom family and was given to Willard Bascom by Ron Drummond. On the back of the photo is a hand-written note which reads:

"The inner peace that comes with the quiet contemplation of a beach on a still calm morning, or the feeling of exhilaration that comes from riding a great wave in a small boat, is more reward than most will ever know." 
Willard Bascom
This we have in common!
Ron Drummond


Can you identify any of these surfers?

This photo taken by Don James shows 6 surfers in a quonset hut (we're guessing Makaha) but the exact date, location and surfer's identity is unknown. Can you help us?


The other Yater (no, not Lauren)

The original Bikini Factory opened on Chapala Street in downtown Santa Barbara in 1965, and has been a part of the Santa Barbara scene for 45 years (they're now located in Summerland). This pair was donated by Sally Yater, Renny's wife and creator of the Bikini Factory. We thought it would be appropriate to throw some props her way, since Renny's going to be getting all the attention this weekend up at Sacred Craft.



Choose carefully for a moment of hesitation can make all the difference between a successful paddle out, or a rapid return to the beach with a mouthful of salt water and lots of sand imbedded in every opening of your body. That board you so carefully carried down to the waters edge may now be lurking behind the next wave, just waiting for the opportune moment to come ashore and take out everything in it's path. A beautiful moment captured by Dr. Don James circa 1966 Makaha, Hawaii. 


Baby Karen Gallagher holding a surfboard at San Onofre

Another image from this photo shoot was used as the cover for Surf Guide magazine, Volume 2, Number 9, October, 1964.  Photos: Dr. Don James"


Venice Pier, Sept. 1940. Tommy Zahn collection.

 September 1940 - the surfing area just north of Sunset Pier, with Venice Pier visible on the right. Note the interesting architecture of the building in the background, possibly some sort of amusement ride. Photo from the Tommy Zahn Collection.


Tom Blake's Waikiki Surf Club card


Picture by LeRoy Grannis of "Gecko Toes"

This aerial re-entry was performed at Makaha back on December 19, 1962. LeRoy Grannis was fortunate enough to have been in the right place at the right time to capture this historic moment and put to rest the question of who was the first person to do an aerial re-entry. The rider still remains unidentified, however LeRoy Grannis thinks it could be one of the Makaha locals who everyone knew as "Gecko Toes". For years the surfers at Makaha have practiced various means of using the infamous backwash to their advantage, however in the years prior to the invention of the surf leash, old "Gecko Toes" was the surfer everyone wanted to see.


Bailey and Doaks - Winter 1940 by Bob Johnson

This is a photo taken by Bob Johnson during the Winter of 1940. Jim Bailey and his tandem partner are on the left and on the right side is a surfer commonly known as "Doaks". His real name was Charles Butler. Doaks became famous for surfing at the Long Beach Flood Control a few years later. His photo appeared in Doc Ball's California Surfriders in 1946. Doakes enlisted in the Navy during World War II but went down with his ship in the early stages of the war with Japan. Jim Bailey was well known for surfing waves with his dog Rusty on the front of his surfboard. Jim Bailey lived in Hermosa Beach and was an outstanding lifeguard in the South Bay for many years. More of Bob Johnson's early surfing photos can soon be seen as part of the Surfing Heritage Foundation.


Found Gem Of The Week

Each week we will focus in on one of our rare surfing artifacts and give you the Gem of the Week! Have something You would like to share? Contact Us!


Digital Watermarking of our images – Public Notice

As part of our commitment to protecting our image donors, the Surfing Heritage Foundation has begun using digital watermarking on ALL of our images, including those images seen on our website. This watermark is not visible to the eye, but is easily seen by many computer programs such at Photoshop and other image editing programs. In addition, we have also purchased a “watermark spider” that crawls the Internet specifically looking for any images that contain our SHF watermark. The Surfing Heritage Foundation is prepared to take the appropriate action should we find any illegal or unlicensed usage of images from our files.