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Historic Book Republished

After 15 years of dedication to this project, we are proud to announce the publication of two (2) Limited Edition Publications to honor the 100 year anniversary of "The Surf Riders of Hawaii"

The "Surf Riders of Hawaii" Edition

• Done in co-operation with the Gurrey/Bayer/Murray families.
• Includes the restored "The Surf Riders of Hawaii".
• Hand made to the original specifications.
• All text restored to match the original craftsman style lettering.
• All photos restored and printed using the "silver halide" method, as used by A.R. Gurrey Jr. in 1914.
• Comes inside the "The Surf Riders of Hawaii" slip case, to protect your collectable.
• A limited and individually numbered edition of 50 Hand Made books from Hawaiʻi with special SHACC Certificate.

The "Centennial" Edition
• Done in co-operation with the Gurrey/Bayer/Murray families.
• Includes 2 books: The restored "The Surf Riders of Hawaii" and "The Life & Times of A. R. Gurrey Jr." by Joel T. Smith & Sandra K. Hall, with new information on Gurrey. Including five restored photos by A. R. Gurrey Jr., including "The Duke Diving, shown above."

• Hand made to the original specifications.
• All text restored to match the original craftsman style lettering.

• All photos restored and printed using the "silver halide" method, as used by A.R. Gurrey Jr. in 1914.

• Comes inside the "Centennial Edition" presentation box, to protect your collectable.

• Limited and individually numbered edition of 50 Hand Made books from Hawaiʻi with special SHACC Certificate.

To order either edition, CLICK HERE.

In this photo, you can compare an original 1912 "Gray" version of the book with the new the restored version.

"Hana Hou" the magazine of Hawaiian Airlines featured an article on A. R. Gurrey Jr. and the "The Surf Riders of Hawaii, Centennial Edition".

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono

SHACC Founding Partner, Tom Holbrook and Tom Jr. stopped by to donate this amazing Hawaiian bodyboard. Most likely produced by Pacific System Homes for tourists to use when visiting Waikiki, this one is in amazing shape. The story goes that this board was on display at Jack's Surf Shop on the corner of PCH and Main in Huntington Beach for many years. Allan Seymour went in and made them an offer and eventually it was purchased by Tom at one of Allan's auctions. The decal is nearly flawless and aside from a curved piece of wood missing from the front end of the board, it looks like it received very little use. In the Hawaiian crest on the decal, it reads, "Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono," which is a well-known Hawaiian phrase that  was adopted as the motto of the state of Hawaii and is commonly translated as, "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness and beauty." We couldn't agree more!


A Very Modern Piece of Equipment!

Dane Hantz and one of his creations, photo: Barry Haun
This 5'5" x 20.5" x 2.5" planning hull was designed and built by Dane Hantz of Vulcan surfboards, San Diego, CA. This board is a representation of current trends in small wave design, intended for nimble performance in average California conditions. The construction however, represents a departure from the typical methods and materials used in the surf industry. Most notably, this surfboard has no internal wooden stringer, rather the design gains its structural integrity from the elliptical corrugations seen in the deck. The glassing schedule uses a vacuum bagged plain weave carbon fiber over a 1.9#  recycled EPS core. The use of carbon fiber allows the lowest material use when compared to fiberglass while achieving a greater mechanical longevity. The end result is a board which is not only as strong as traditional surfboards but drastically lower in weight.

Donated by Vulcan, this board will be the "end cap" to our "Evolution of Surfboard Design" timeline, which is currently being redone. We'll be moving the early wood boards to the left side of the showroom and incorporating some of the other items we have; trunks, shaping tools, photos, wetsuits, etc., in order to tell a more complete story of the history of surfing. We'll also be breaking it down into eras of surfing, so be sure and come for a visit to see how things progress.

To learn more about Vulcan Surfboards, visit their website by CLICKING HERE.


Vintage Map of California Surf Spots

Donated by Mark Matyas and Roger Nance (Beach House, Santa Barbara), this cool map done circa late 60s-early 70s describes the various surf breaks that were popular in California during this era. No secret spots are listed, Stanley's is no longer in existence and Tressels might be a typo. Jus sayin'.


Joyce Hoffman's Fin

This fin, signed by Joyce Hoffman and Terry Martin, came along with a Joyce Hoffman model surfboard that was Joyce's own rider, shaped by Terry. Donated by Don Granata, in 2011, it will be one of the boards featured in our upcoming "Trailblazers in Women's Surfing" exhibit, opening on April 25, 2015. Joyce is certainly a "trailblazer" and has been a longtime supporter of Surfing Heritage.
By 1963 Hoffman was among the best women surfers in the state; from 1964 to 1967 she was nearly invincible in competition, placing first in the United States Surfing Association's year-end ratings four years in a row, and posting multiple victories in the United States Surfing Championships (1965, 1966, and 1967), the Makaha International (1964, 1966), and the Laguna Masters (1965, 1967). Hoffman's 1965 World Championships win in Lima, Peru, went virtually unnoticed by the surf press (Surfer magazine dispatched with the women's portion of the event in a single sentence), but earned her the first of dozens of general-interest magazine feature articles, including a Sports Illustrated profile titled "An Odd Sport, and an Unusual Champion," in which Hoffman is quoted as saying, "If I didn't think I was considered the best I'd quit." (excerpt from Matt Warshaw's Encyclopedia of Surfing)


Pacific Beach Surf Club's Yearbooks

Richard Steadham, historian and Yearbook Editor for the Pacific Beach Surf Club, donated these copies along with the program for Bobby Challenger Thomas' Paddle Out. If there are other surf clubs out there who would like to do the same, we encourage you to please do so. That way we can start to build a collection of these for the SHACC archives. Mahalo!


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.