Friday, December 31, 2010

Another year on the Pin Tail

All the Best!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Increments of Fear - Buzzy Trent

Surfing Heritage Foundation Screens Wake Unto Blue this Saturday
Dec 4, 7-9 pm
Presented with Anna Trent Moore (Anna is big wave legend Buzzy Trent's daughter and was caretaker and longtime friend of film maker Bud Browne) the movie takes the viewer to the birth of big wave surfing in the early 1950's through the short board evolution. It is a heart rendering journey that reminds us that some things can never be taught...only remembered.
Composed of historical footage taken by the late Bud Browne that has not been seen in years, the film is classic surfing at its best! Also on board for this special evening is a book signing by Anna Trent Moore of Increments of Fear. This is the story of the human endeavor for perfection, and the failures intertwined in the journey. Poignant, brutally honest, and provocative, it sheds insight into one of surfing's most intriguing and charismatic characters, Buzzy Trent. Photography is again provided by the late Bud Browne. Come early at 6:30 p.m. to see the Surfing Heritage Foundation’s archives. All ages are welcome - $10 admission. For tickets call: (949) 388-0310 ext: 0. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets in advance.

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Founded in 2001, the Surfing Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserve, present, and promote surfing’s heritage for the appreciation and education of current and future generations. Surfing Heritage accomplishes this through; Preservation- Archiving significant surfboards, photography, oral history, publishing, art, life-style, film, and objects of cultural value; Presentation: creating a world-class museum/resource facility, research library, traveling exhibits, and website content; Promotion: providing one of a kind experiences with the legends of surf culture, through films, exhibits, music, and special events. For more information visit

Monday, November 22, 2010

Surfing Heritage Foundation via the Lens of Leo Hetzel

The Heritage recently did an inventory and this photo was taken via Leo Hetzel from the second story.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010

The Alaia Project Part 6

A little sanding today. The next challenge will deciding what to do with the puku on the deck. Next up will be burning in the logo and a final sanding before we start to finish it.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Alaia Project Part 5

Started some fine tuning with a small planer - some of these older tools work really well. Very smooth if they are sharp and tuned nicely!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Alaia Project Part 4

Checking the center line one more time before we start to plane the rails down. Check many = plane once...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Alaia Project Part 3

Discussing next moves and plan of action! This one will be 7ft 9 1/2. Center concave in the tail and a rolled belly up front.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Project Alaia Begins

The Glue up is done. I'll be using a template from the Bishop Archives as a starting point.

Check back later for more!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Surfing Heritage Foundation to Hold Longboard Collector Club Meeting and Swap Meet

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., October 14, 2010 - The Surfing Heritage Foundation is proud to hold the Longboard Board Collector Club’s monthly October meeting at the Surfing Heritage’s main archive in San Clemente on Saturday, October 23rd from dawn till noon. The Longboard Collector Club is an organization comprised of serious collectors, looking to buy, sell or trade vintage boards, books, and other items related to the surfing lifestyle. The program is free and open to the public. If you have any surfing related collectables you are welcome to join in.

The event will also feature renowned author, Matt Warshaw, who will be signing his latest book, “The History of Surfing” from 10 a.m. till noon. Warshaw also wrote The Encyclopedia of Surfing, “Surf Movie Tonite! Surf Movie Poster Art, 1957 -2005”, the Ron Stoner book and was managing editor of Surfing magazine from 1985 to 1990.
Additionally, the Surfing Heritage’s showroom will be open to the public featuring the world’s largest collection of wood surfboards and other items from surfing’s past. Dick Metz, the Heritages co-founder stated, “We are always excited to see the Longboard Collector Club here at the Foundation; they continually bring something that no one has seen for years that represent a rare piece of surfing’s history. It’s a great group of individuals that truly take surfing’s history to heart”.

Starting Oct. 23rd SHF will now be open on Saturdays from 10 AM - 4 PM.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Low Tide Rock Dance

Nothing a bandaid won't cure!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Good Company

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Green Buoy

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

An evening with Dick Metz speaking about O.C. Surfing History

September 9 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Sherman Library & Gardens
2647 E. Coast Hwy
Corona del Mar, CA

Free and open to the public -

Monday, August 23, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

San O Nocturno

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Simmons Effect at Sacred Craft

This weekend is your last chance to see this exhibit. John Elwell and Richard Kenvin will be discussing Simmons' contributions to the development of the modern surfboard, Saturday only, from 12-1PM. Please stop by the Surfing Heritage booth and check out the boards, photos and artwork, we'll have a limited supply of the updated event posters for sale at just $5 each.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Dale Velzy Surf Classic this September

21th Annual Dale Velzy Surf Classic and Luau is coming this September

The Doheny Longboard Surfing Associations (DLSA) annual Dale Velzy Surf Classic and Luau dates have been selected. Based on twenty plus years predicting the optimum swell and tide, the classic venue will be held on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 at the legendary Boneyard section of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California.

Open to everyone who loves waves and good times, the event honors one of surfing’s most famous surfboard shapers of all time – Dale Velzy who passed away in 2005. This is a special program for the DLSA as the club has been holding this classic this venue for over two decades. By design, it is for all who enjoy the same things that Dale enjoyed, mostly having fun with friends and family. It is in that spirit that the DLSA holds this annual event so that everyone can enjoy everything from the surf contest, the luau, Polynesian review, dancing under the stars at Doheny with a live band, and having a great time.

“This 21st edition of the surf classic has a very special place in the hearts of all Doheny Longboard Members. Dale Velzy was a special person to all of us in the club and this program is our yearly tribute to one of the true pioneers of the sport” said Nyles Schafhauser, DLSA’s President.

This year’s event kicks off with the surf contest at 6:30 a.m. The Luau festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. followed closely by the Polynesian review, awards ceremony, raffles and then on to the dancing. It’s great fun for everyone.

For Luau information, tickets and group rate discounts contact Nyles at
For Surfing event information and sign ups contact Mark Calkins at
The Doheny Longboard Surfing Association is an organization comprised of individuals dedicated to the enjoyment of board surfing in a clean and natural environment. In relation to that philosophy, the DLSA will act as a support group to other organizations with similar views and objectives. PR contact: Denny Michael at

Friday, July 23, 2010


Friday, July 16, 2010

Rainbow Sandals and the Surfing Heritage Foundation team up with limited edition pairs of exclusive sandals.

Rainbow Sandals have been equipping discerning surfer’s feet for over 35 years. What started out as one man’s mission to improve upon the quality of sandals so many years ago has turned into a worldwide operation that has set the benchmark for quality, fit and comfort. Having a pair of Rainbows under your toes is indeed a special place to walk!
Jay “Sparky” Longley, founder and owner of Rainbow Sandals, and a Founding Partner and member of the Board of Directors for the Surfing Heritage Foundation, came up with a winning idea to not only equip a few more surfers feet, but to also provide a direct benefit to the Surfing Heritage’s mission of preserving the history and culture of surfing. Sparky’s program idea was to design a limited edition pair (1,000 pairs) of his famous sandals for the Surfing Heritage Foundation to use to help build its membership program and thus its preservation activities.
“This is a significant contribution to the Surfing Heritage Foundation and one that we are very appreciative to be a part of.” said, Dick Metz, Founder of the Surfing Heritage Foundation. Metz further states, “I know in my travels around the world that surfers tend to rely on certain things they get by on and one of those is a good pair of sandals, it’s the standard by which we all travel!”
In addition to the special Rainbow sandals, the Heritage has created a special membership package that not only gets you the sandals but also provides a Surfing Heritage T-Shirt, a $10.00 gift card, a year subscription to Transworld Surf, a 2010 Cooperfish Calendar featuring the boards being auctioned on ebay (20% of the proceeds go to Surfing Heritage), a bar of Sticky Bumps wax, decals and a one year membership to the Foundation. 

For more information on the Surfing Heritage Foundation and their membership program visit


Founded in 2001, the Surfing Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserve, present, and promote surfing’s heritage for the appreciation and education of current and future generations. Surfing Heritage accomplishes this through; Preservation- Archiving significant surfboards, photography, oral history, publishing, art, life-style, film, and objects of cultural value; Presentation: creating a world-class museum/resource facility, research library, traveling exhibits, and website content; Promotion: providing one of a kind experiences with the legends of surf culture, through films, exhibits, music, and special events. For more information visit

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Simmons Effect at the Surfing Heritage Foundation

Opening Reception: Sat, July 10, 2010
VIP Reception: 4-5PM - $10/SHF Members $5
General Admission 5-8PM - $5/SHF Members Free
VIP Reception includes an event poster, 1 drink ticket, and a presentation on how Bernouilli and Lindsay Lord’s research was applied by Simmons, to wave science.

Scheduled to appear (we'll confirm the special guests soon):
John Elwell, Richard Kenvin, Skip Fry, Rusty Preisendorfer, Carl Ekstrom,
additional special guests TBA

Exhibit Dates:
July 10 –Aug 10 at Surfing Heritage in San Clemente
August 14 & 15 at Sacred Craft in San Diego

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Whitey Harrison Festival

Coast Culture
June 27 – August 31
In conjunction with the Surfing Heritage Foundation, Casa Romantica presents a nostalgic exhibition featuring photographs, memorabilia and surf history associated with California’s original waterman, “Whitey” Harrison.

The exhibition opens with:
“The Whitey Harrison Festival”, Sunday, June 27, 1-4 p.m.
Featuring live music, speakers, activities for the kids,
refreshments and more!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mike Hyson at the Surfing Heritage Foundation This Saturday Evening

Please join us for a book signing with
Mike Hynson
Transcendental Memories of a Surf Rebel
Mike will also be signing autographs and reminiscing about
his 50 year career in designing and shaping surfboards. Newport Beach shaper, Cordell Miller, will also be showcasing his latest creations - Light food and drinks will be available. This is a Free event and is open to the public.Sponsored by the Surfing Lawyers

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Three Amigos now at the Surfing Heritage Foundation

Three new surfboards are on display in our hallway at the Surfing Heritage Foundation. The boards, known as the Three Amigos, were donated by Founding and Sustaining Partners, Nick & Terri Bacica. They were recently delivered by Wingnut on one of his southward journeys. The new boards are replicas of surf legends; "Lorrin 'Whitey' Harrison's, Doc Ball's and Leroy Grannis' boards that they used to ride. Greg Noll (himself a pioneer as well) recreated these incredible surfboards. "Lorrin 'Whitey' Harrison's surfboard was the most advanced," says Greg. "Fairly narrow in the stern with a vee-bottom tail for riding more critical waves." Leroy Grannis' board was made of solid merch redwood (from the outer bark ring). Doc Ball's board was carved from a solid slab of redwood with a copper Hawaiian shield mounted on the deck. (Excerpted from Greg Noll, the Art of the Surfboard ) Come by and enjoy these great new additions.See More

Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Reserve

Governor Linda Lingle today issued an executive order to establish surfing reserves at two of Hawai‘i’s most important and well-known surfing areas. The executive order “acknowledges the cultural, sports and historic significance of important surf sites in Hawai‘i,” and “raises public awareness about the importance of protecting, nourishing and developing Hawai‘i’s world famous surf sites."
The Governor’s order establishes the Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Reserve, which includes surf breaks bounded by the Ala Wai and the Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium, as well as the North Shore Surfing Reserve, which includes surf breaks from Ali‘i Beach in Hale‘iwa to Sunset Beach. Both surf reserves are located off the waters of O‘ahu.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The Surfing Heritage Museum & Gift Store Presents

The Surfing Heritage Museum & Gift Store
This Friday, June 4, 6-9PM...
Opening Reception for
Original Artwork by Shawn Griggs
Beverages provided by Primo and Lonboard Vineyards

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Menehunes Spotted at Doheny

The sightings are true. Every spring at Doheny State Beach, Menehunes are waking up from their long winter naps and are beginning to surf again at Doheny Beach. What’s all the ruckus about? They are simply getting ready for the 14th Annual Doheny Longboard Surfing Associations Menehune Surf Championships scheduled for June 26th.

The contest begins promptly at 7 AM and is open to boys and girls (menehunes) with divisions 8 and under up to 17 years of age. Hundreds of young competitors are expected to participate. Applications and additional information can be picked up at local surf shops throughout Orange County, California or downloaded from the Association’s website at:

"The annual Menehune contest provides the perfect venue for kids who want to get involved in a friendly surfing competition. We can all learn from the enthusiasm that they bring to the beach, it's contagious”, said Nyles Schafhauser, President of the Doheny Longboard Surfing Association.

Proceeds from the contest help fund several of the organization's ongoing charity outreach programs including the Ronald McDonald House and the Doheny State Park Interpretive Center, located at Doheny State Beach.

The Menehune Championships has a long history of supporting charities, in addition to providing a fun-filled day at the beach for participants and observers alike. The event will feature auctions, raffles and music throughout the day with an awards ceremony following the end of the competition. Nyles Schafhauser further states, “Surfing is all about having fun. We hope that kids will cherish their time spent on the beach with their fellow surfing friends and families.”

Surfers will compete in 15 minute heats. The scoring is based on a 10-point system that integrates wave selection, length of ride, surfing moves and style. Judges are all Doheny Longboard members who have a long history of working within this type of scoring system.

For more information and to find out how you can be involved as either a surfing Menehune or as a volunteer, please email, or call (949) 581-9740 the event chairperson.

The Doheny Longboard Surfing Association is an organization comprised of individuals dedicated to the enjoyment of board surfing in a clean and natural environment. In relation to that philosophy, the DLSA will act as a support group to other organizations with similar views and objectives.
PR contact: Denny Michael at

Monday, May 17, 2010

South Africa's Surfing Heritage website

Check out slideshows of South Africa's surfing history. Independent Newspapers archive presented by Surfing Heritage South Africa. There are many photo's of past champions and Springbok teams.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Orange...and a little Beyond - the work of Matt Beard at the Surfing Heritage Foundation

Orange... and a little Beyond
The work of Matt Beard
Exhibit dates: May 1-June 7
Matt Beard, a Humboldt County Artist takes a brief look at the tangled combination of sunshine, saltwater, and humanity that together define the Orange County coast.
For directions visit:

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Living It Forever - Tonight at 7:30 in Newport Beach

This will be one of the last showings at this venue.

The documentary chronicles the mid 1950’s and 1960’s era of surf culture in Newport Beach. The viewers meet Newport’s pioneer surf personalities who, fifty years ago, shared a passion for the sport and the lifestyle despite being ridiculed by society.

Some of the notable names include: David Nuuhiwa, Bobby Russell Brown, the late Mike Marshall, Ed Hardy and John Peck.

Living It Forever takes place at the Lido Theatre in Newport Beach tonight at 7:30 For more info. and tickets, go to

Friday, April 16, 2010

Living it Forever - A Surf Documentary of Newport Beach

Wed · April 28 · 7PM showing Sold Out - Tickets are available for the 9PM Screening The World Premiere of "Living it Forever " At the Newport Beach Lido Theater Presented in conjunction with the Newport Beach Film Festival Action Sports Film SeriesClick to view the Trailer or purchase tickets

This showing will be dedicated to Mike Marshall.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Mike Marshall

I know there are a lot of post on this one - I thought it was a great day, wonderful people - sun, water, love...

Sunday, April 04, 2010

LeRoy Grannis Surfing Memorabilia Stolen

Some of LeRoy Grannis's surfing memorabilia and other sentimental items were stolen late Thursday night on 4/1/10. LeRoy's son, John Grannis had his business in Redondo broken into and a safe stolen.
The surfing memorabilia stolen included:
1966 Duke Kahanamoku Surf Contest Trophy inscribed to LeRoy Grannis
100 signed 1963 LeRoy Grannis postcards of Lance Carson surfing at Malibu. Size 9 inches by 6 inches
100 signed 1960's water transfer decals SURF PHOTOS BY GRANNIS. Size 2 14/16 inches by 5 12/16 inches.
100 signed LeRoy Grannis photography business cards with the Makaha wipeout

Please be on the lookout for any of these items that may show up for sale. If you come across any information that may help in the recovery, please contact Keith Eshelman at or 619-954-6782.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Artist Skye Walker Opening Reception this Saturday for "Above the Abyss"

Artist Skye Walker
Opening Reception for “Above the Abyss” At the Surfing Heritage Gallery in South Coast Plaza
Sat · Apr 3 · 1-4PM
We'll be serving beer provided by Primo Hawaiian Lager and having hourly Hinano Tahiti gift bag give-aways
Exhibit dates: April 3-April 28

Sat · Apr 17 · 1-5 PM In-store demonstration with Artist, Shaper & Photographer Don Bigelow Sat ·

Apr 24 · 1-4 PM In-store book signing with Surf Legend & Endless Summer star Mike Hynson

Sun · Apr 25 · 2-5 PM In-store book signing and demonstration with Artist Drew Brophy

Friday, March 26, 2010

Update on Mike Marshall's Paddle Out

Surf Historian and Shaper, Mike "Red" Marshall
Sept. 18, 1942-Feb. 6, 2010
Here are the details for Mike's memorial, there will be a Paddle Out at 9am on Thursday, April 8, at Blackies (the surf spot, not the bar) in Newport Beach, followed by a Celebration of Mike's Life, at Mike and Sharon's home (directions will be available at the paddle out). Please note the change in location for after the beach ceremony, which has been moved from the Harbour exhibit at Orange Coast College, to the Marshall's residence. You might want to consider carpooling for this reason, as parking will be somewhat limited.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Surfing Heritage Shapers Seminar with Bill Thrailkill

Bill Thrailkill is hosting the fourth of his shaping seminars here at the Heritage on Saturday, April 3, from 9AM-3PM. The cost is $50, which includes a one-year membership to Surfing Heritage. In addition to the seminar, you'll be receiving a pair of Rainbow Sandals, SHF t-shirt, $10 gift certificate, 1-year membership to Transworld Surf, 2010 Cooperfish Calendar, bar of Sticky Bumps wax, and free admittance to our museum in San Clemente. How can you pass up an offer like this? Seating is very limited-this event always sells out and there are only a few seats left-so call today to reserve your spot. 949.388.0313.

Basilone Road

It’s amazing how many times I have driven the road to San O and never once gave it a thought as to what Basilone road was named after.

I did a little research and found out the following:

Basilone Road is named after a Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945). He was a United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. He was the only enlisted Marine in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. His story will be told during the new TV series called The Pacific.
A section of U.S. Interstate 5 running through Camp Pendleton is named the "Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Memorial Highway".

About the TV series:
About Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone

Monday, March 08, 2010


Time beaten, but still serving...
Somewhere in the Pacific Northwest on a search for surf mission...

Monday, March 01, 2010

Doc Porto at the Surfing Heritage Museum

Come join us for the opening reception of
"DOC PORTO" the new work of JOHN CULQUI
Saturday, March 6th · 6-9pm

Exhibit Dates · March 6 - March 28, 2010
Closing Reception & Live Painting with the Artist · Sunday, March 28th, 1-4PM
Come see first hand the creation of Surfing Heritage's exclusive limited-edition print by John Culqui

South Coast Plaza West (formerly Crystal Court) 3333 Bear St., ste 303, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.800.1654

Friday, February 26, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Lay Back

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cooperfish Ebay Closing Party!!!

Sunday, February 21 Cooperfish Ebay Auction Closing Party, will take place from 4-7PM at the Surfing Heritage Gallery.
Come bet live! COOPERFISH SURFBOARDS is auctioning the 2nd of 12 surfboards featured in their 2010 CALENDAR on Ebay. This is a "no reserve" auction. Gene Cooper generously donates 20% from the sale of each of these surfboards to Surfing Heritage. Don't miss this opportunity to own a beautiful work-of-art surfboard, while supporting the history and culture of surfing!

For directions to the Gallery visit:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Is That You Beave?

San Onofre State Park officials last week found a North American beaver at the river mouth of the San Mateo Creek near Trestles.
According to State Parks officials, the animal was once a native species to the San Mateo Creek area, but were thought to be nearly extinct in the area.
Officials speculate that the animal may be related to a small population of beaver, which was re-introduced to the Santa Margarita watershed by the Department of Fish and Game in the 1940s to help with erosion control.
Since then, the beavers have migrated to nearby creeks and watersheds in the area, including those in the Cleveland National Forest and San Mateo Creek.
State Parks officials are unclear where this specific beaver originally came from, but they are sure it resided in the one of the streams that flows into the San Mateo Creek.
San Mateo Creek has been the site of a battle between the Surfrider Foundation and other environmental groups, and the Transportation Cooridor Agencies, which sought to build a toll road through the area.
“This discovery supports our assertion that the San Mateo Creek has a thriving watershed ecosystem that deserves the highest level of protection from its source in the mountains to the ocean,” says Mark Rauscher, Surfrider Foundation’s Assistant Environmental Director.
According to State Parks scientists, the beaver had suffered some sort of trauma before being found and died after being captured. Photo and story from the OC Register

Sunday, February 07, 2010


Longtime SoCal shaper and surf historian passes away

For more information check:

I knew Mike from my work at the Surfing Heritage Foundation and always felt his boundless energy, great stories and sense of humor was a cut above the rest. As he would often say “That’s the Real Deal” – well my friends he truly was the “Real Deal” and I will miss him dearly.

Stay tuned for information on Mike as it develops.

Aloha -

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Mickey Munoz Event

Mickey Munoz Paddle Surf Fiesta
Mongoose Cup
Dana Point Festival of Whales
March 13, 2010
Babay Beach, Dana Point, CA

The first ever Mickey Munoz Paddle Surf Fiesta – Mongoose Cup will be held March 13, 2010 at Baby Beach, Dana Point Harbor. Please join Mickey and his friends for a day of paddling fun, camaraderie and delicious BBQ. The event will directly benefit the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA).

As part of the Dana Point Festival of Whales, The Mickey Muñoz Paddle Surf Fiesta will begin with a Fun Paddle around Dana Point Harbor Island. The Fun Paddle will be launched after a vital “Rules of the Road” paddling safety meeting is conducted by officials from Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County Sherriff Department’s Harbor Patrol.

“With the explosion of stand-up paddle boarding there are a lot more people paddling in the harbor. Safety and etiquette have become much more critical. Since Dana Point has become a Mecca for paddle sports, we wanted to have an event that’s message is about the importance of water safety and paddling etiquette” says surf legend Mickey Munoz.

“The County of Orange has always been on the cutting edge of boater safety and education and given the fact that Dana Point Harbor is a natural location for beginners on any type of human powered vessel it was obvious to us that we would introduce a common sense and easy to understand public program to ensure all the water enthusiast have the basic information to improve their safety while enjoying our Harbor and the local off shore waters." from Brad Gross, Director of Dana Point Harbor.

At the conclusion of the Fun Paddle, participants will be organized into relay teams that will race for the inaugural Mongoose Cup. Each SUP four (4) person relay team will be required to have one female, one senior (50 & over) and either one junior (16 & under) or intermediate paddler on their respective teams. The start and finish for the flat-water race will be at Baby Beach. To be eligible for the Mongoose Cup teams must race 12’6” & under SUP boards.

The Mickey Munoz Paddle Surf Fiesta – Mongoose Cup is an event open to everyone. The Fun Paddle is open to any type of paddling craft and the Mongoose Cup will be contested solely as a stand-up paddleboard race. The entry fee is $40 and participants will receive a commemorative Dana Point Festival of the Whales tee shirt, “Rules of the Road” safety decal, delicious BBQ lunch and chance to paddle with surf legend Mickey Munoz. Event registration will open Saturday morning March 13 at 7:30 a.m. The Fun Paddle will start at 9:00 a.m. Entry forms can be downloaded at and

About Mickey Munoz
Mickey Munoz, born in New York City in 1937, is an early pioneer of surfing and well-known surfboard shaper. Once described as the “surfer’s surfer”, Mickey has been riding waves since the 1950s and has been featured in many popular surfing films and documentaries. Winning the first professional surf contest and pioneering big wave surfing at Waimea Bay are a few of Mickey’s surfing accomplishments. Munoz was the stunt double for Sandra Dee in the 1959 teen film Gidget and he developed an iconic surf stance that became known as the "quasimoto". Mickey currently lives in Capistrano Beach, CA with his wife Peggy and is an avid stand-up paddler (SUP).

About Dana Point Festival of the Whales
The Dana Point Festival of Whales is one of Southern California’s largest seafaring celebrations and reaches out to whale admirers around the world. The Festival draws over 100,000 visitors each year. Festival highlights include an opening day parade, street faire and farmers market, art exhibits, classic car exhibits, concerts on land and water, environmental activities, educational opportunities, interpretive crafts, kids activities and of course, whale watching excursions that will allure even the most steadfast landlubber out to sea. For more information visit

For Event information:
Event Director: Barrett Tester
Tel. (949) 276-4431x216

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Waikiki during WW 2

During the war, Oahu was on high alert. Notice the barbed wire in the background on the beach. Duke's in the forefront - and even though war was raging, surfers knew how to have fun.

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Friday, January 29, 2010

Ugly But True ----

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

14th Annual Gathering of the Tribes Surf Event comes to a Roaring Close

Church Beach, California
January 9 and 10, 2010.
While the eastern half of America suffered through a week-long historic arctic blast, Southern California enjoyed one of its best winter weekends yet. The 14th annual Gathering of The Tribes surf contest not only had perfect weather, but incredible waves as well.
Perhaps legendary surfer Henry Ford said it best, “We are blessed to be here, together we are enjoying what California is all about. It’s the perfect combination of friends and waves”.
The classic winter event is the annual kick-off program of the Coalition of Longboard Surf Clubs competitive season. With four to seven foot waves at Church Beach, one of California’s premiere point breaks, the almost flawless conditions provided an exceptional beginning to this year’s season. The surfing was inspired to say the least.
The contest featured a little bit of everything, from short boarding, stand up paddle surfing (SUP), longboarding, and tandem surfing. There was not a heat where someone surfing did not get an applause or big cheer from the beach.
The weekend program kicked off Friday evening at the Surfing Heritage Foundation where the Doheny Club donated a thousand dollars to the Foundation to help further its goals in preserving the history and culture of surfing. The competitive surfing award ceremonies were held throughout the weekend on the beach. For individual and team results, pictures and more, check Doheny club’s website at
The Coalition of Surfing Clubs (CSC) is an international organization that represents the interests of surfing clubs throughout California and the world. It acts as a united voice to address issues related to coastal water quality, beach access, development, and legislative policy. The Coalition represents over 10,000 surfers of all ages and exists for the betterment of the citizenship of the surfer, to improve clean water locally and globally and to promote the sport of surfing.
The Doheny Longboard Surfing Association is an organization comprised of individuals dedicated to the enjoyment of board surfing in a clean and natural environment. In relation to that philosophy, the DLSA will act as a support group to other organizations with similar views and objectives. For additional information contact Denny Michael at
Photo of Mickey Munoz, George Carr and Gary Stellan by Denny Michael

Monday, January 04, 2010

Gathering of The Tribes This Weekend

Gathering of the Tribes Surf Contest Coming to Church Beach this Saturday and Sunday

The Doheny Longboard Surfing Association is set to start off the Coalition of Longboard Clubs competition season with its 14th annual “Gathering of the Tribes” winter surf classic. The program offers a great mix of longboarding competitions plus a variety of beach activities and support of several charities.
Held at the beginning of the every year the contest features two competitive surfing areas at Church Beach in San Onofre, Calif. This configuration enables more than 350 contestants from more than 18 Longboard Coalition Teams to be able to battle their way to the finals which will be held in the afternoon on Sunday, January 10th. The number of competitors makes this the largest competitive 2 day longboard event on the west coast.
For additional information visit the Doheny Longboard Clubs website at www.
Photo: Denny Michael
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