Monday, March 07, 2011

Jeff Hakman is doing an Interview at the Surfing Heritage Foundation for its oral history program

From Wikipedia:

Jeffrey "Jeff" Hakman is an ex-world surfing champion and multi millionaire founder of clothing giant Quiksilver.

Hakman started surfing in 1956 at age eight in Palos Verdes, California and at the age of ten moved to Hawaii with his parents. He surfed Waimea Bay at fourteen years old and at seventeen won the prestigious surfing title, Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship. Hakman graduated from Punahou School in 1967.[1] From twenty-one to twenty-seven he won the most major surfing titles in the world including the first Pipe Masters at Banzai Pipeline, 1976 Bells Beach and was the unofficial World Champion in 1974 and 1975.[citation needed]

In 1976 Jeff founded Quiksilver America with Bob McKnight and in 1984 founded Quiksilver Europe with Harry Hodge, Brigitte Darrigrand and John Winship. He is currently the Marketing Director for NaPali SA (Quiksilver) in France. He is a 2009 inductee into the Surfers' Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach, California.