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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.

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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.