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Note from a Paris surf researcher

January 19th, 2014 · 2 Comments · General

I received a comment overnight from a Ph.D. student at Paris West University who had run across the old Waikiki Surf Club newsletters from the 1950s that I found among my dad’s papers. His comment introduced me to the Center for Surf Research at San Diego State University. It’s interesting to see how this California […]

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Letter from legendary paddler/surfer Tom Zahn, c. 1950

September 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment · History, John Lind Collection

I found this fragment of a letter from the legendary paddler and surfer, Tom Zahn, among my dad’s papers. It’s the final page of a longer letter. I believe it was addressed to my dad, then president of the Waikiki Surf Club. Zahn mentions in the letter that he was 26 years old at the […]

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Waikiki Surf Club’s Pupule Ball, April 2, 1949

September 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments · History, John Lind Collection

Just click on this notice to see several photos and news clippings from the Waikiki Surf Club dance held at the Waialae Country Club. Master of Ceremonies–J. Akuhead Pupule, who, it seems, was a charter member of the WSC. It appears these folks knew how to throw a party. Check it out!

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Waikiki Surf Club: Christmas Day, December 25, 1948

August 17th, 2010 · 5 Comments · History, John Lind Collection

The Waikiki Surf Club was just a year old when they put on a winter event featuring a six-mile surfboard race that sent paddlers from Waikiki out around Diamond Head and back. The winners of that inaugural race posed for this photo. It’s just one of several photos from that long ago Christmas that I […]

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Behind the scenes at the Makaha International Surfing Championships in 1958

August 14th, 2010 · 2 Comments · John Lind Collection

The temperature in Honolulu rose to 86 degrees on August 19, 1958, but it probably seemed hotter as members of the International Surfing Championship Committee began arriving at the old Pearl City police station for their first planning meeting looking ahead to the next annual event at Makaha, considered the premier and most prestigious surfing […]

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