The curators at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC (part of the Smithsonian chain of museums) chose 100 people who personify “cool” — ranging from Walt Whitman to Georgia O’Keefe to Miles Davis to Steve Jobs to Jay-Z — then selected 100 photographs of those people to display in the gallery.
Well, you can guess where this is going: Duke is officially cool.
Henry Ford rode his first wave in Hermosa Beach in 1948. His mentors were Hoppy Swarts, Leroy Grannis, the Meistrell brothers of Body Glove wetsuit fame, Hap Jacobs, and Dale Velzy. All of these surfing and surf industry legends were his neighbors in Hermosa Beach. His Mira Costa High School graduating class included Greg Noll, Bing Copeland, Sunny Vardemann, Dewey Weber, and Rick Stoner. Can you imagine?
Jean Pierre Van Swae
Jean Pierre Van Swae, better known as “Fly” has been a fixture in the surfboard industry and in Southern California surfing since the early 1960s.
Fly was born in Europe and his family moved to Southern California when he was five. His world really opened up when they moved to Laguna Beach in 1958 and he saw people riding waves for the first time.
OCEANSIDE – At 87, Eve Fletcher has a lifetime of surfing to reference when she travels to San Onofre State Beach.
The surfing legend rode her last wave two years ago, but she still makes it from her home in Laguna Beach to the storied surf breaks just south of San Clemente at least twice a week to watch the droves of younger wave riders.
A collaboration between a former smuggler and an historian sheds light on the story of surfers who smuggled drugs from Northern Thailand.
CSM Members Share the Stoke!
Zell and Gary Dwelley
Long time member I came to the California Surf Museum by way of Jane Schmauss, a fellow restauranteur. Our restaurants were similar, however within her realm, she had taken care of the Museum with such genuine passion, it was contagious.
? CSM’s 7th Annual Gala: Saturday, May 17 at the new Springhill Suites
? Movie at the Junior Seau Amphitheater: Saturday, June 28, CSM in
conjunction with Oceanside Parks and Recreation, Dana Brown’s “Step Into