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History Of Surfing Innovation: Part 2: Tom Blake & George Freeth

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As surfing spread across the globe, reaching the USA in 1885 and Australia in the 1910’s, the history of surfing innovation took a major turn. Surfboards were beginning to change as the sport of surfing continued to grow. It has been widely quoted that the historical ‘king’ of surfing who brought on the surfing revival was Hawaiian Olympic swimmer and all-round water-dweller, Duke Kahanamoku.   The 'Sea God'himself, George Freeth       By the 20thcentury, the sport of surfing was a hot topic, with Europeans and Americans attempting the ‘strange’ new activity. At this time, Hawaiian GeorgeFreeth, who has been named the ‘Father of Modern Surfing’ came to public light. Following a surf lesson Freeth gave to renowned author Jack London, he was described as a "seagod . . .a brown Mercury. . . calm...

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History of Surfing Innovation Part 1: The Hawaiian Surfing Culture

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In the history of surfing innovation it only takes one surfer with a brilliant, revolutionary idea to carve out some surf history. The road can be a rocky one, for innovative shapers, surfers and surfing companies. Facing hoards of sceptics, traditionalists, and competitors– paving the path for surfing’s futurehas never been easy. But the rewards, when achieved, are unprecedented. As long as humans have dwelled in and alongside the ocean, we have been drawn to the power and mysticism of the sea. Creating surfcraft to coexist within the ocean seems to be an entirely natural progression in human history.      Part 1: The Hawaiian Surfing Culture A bathing scene. Lahaina, Maui 1855 by James Gay Sawkins   To begin to cover the history of surfing innovation, it is only appropriate to name...

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History Of Surfing Innovation Part 5: The Shortboard Revolution

History Of Surfing Innovation Part 5: The Shortboard Revolution

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Part 5: The Shortboard Revolution Terry Fitzgerald's quiver of psychadelic sticks California Heritage Museum In the history of surfing innovation the Shortboard revolution was a critical period in terms of surfing innovation. In three years, from 1967 to 1970, the average 12-kilogram board dropped to 6; 5-kilogram boards. This short timeframe was crucial to where surfing is today and it has been credited to two forward thinking innovators, American George Greenough and Aussie Bob McTavish. In 1965, when the Santa Barbara kneeboarder Greenough visited the shaper McTavish on the North Coast of NSW, McTavish was impressed by Greenough’s flexible, lightweight kneeboards ability to...

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