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Surfing history: A few copies of “The Surfer”, newsletter of the Waikiki Surf Club from the 1950s

November 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I just found a file among my father’s papers containing several issues of the Waikiki Surf Club newsletter (“The Surfer”) from the period 1954-56.

These are very informal and simple, typed sheets, 1-3 pages each. They introduce new members, name club officials, congratulate teams in various competitions, recognize births, birthdays, and members leaving the islands, spread the word about club events, etc.

The paper is discolored and brittle, old staples have rusted away. I’ve scanned some and will have to make another try with several others that are badly faded.

Anyone interested in the development of competitive surfing and canoeing during the 1950s will probably want to check these out.

The Surfer

October 1954

May 1955

August 1955

May 1956

July 1956

August 1956


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