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Sandwich Island Girl

Recently, a cover and short column in an 1888 Ashbury Park "Police Gazette" have had the surf historian community a'buzz.

"The Sandwich Island Girl" story is one that -- so far -- cannot be confirmed nor denied, but must hold some truth, if not all.

It is significant for us surfing historians and writers of surfing history because it indicates that the first USA mainland surfing was NOT performed by Hawaiian princes schooling in the Santa Cruz area in 1895, nor by hapa haole George Freeth at Venice Beach in 1906. It was most likely performed by an unknown Hawaiian girl or woman in Ashbury Park, New Jersey, in 1888!

A full discussion about it took place at the Surf Collector's Forum. To read all about this discovery and what many respected surf historians and writers have said about it, please go to:



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