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A Definitive History of Surfing's Culture and Heroes
By  Malcolm Gault-Williams

This Chapter Updated:  16 July 2005
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Legends of the Hot Curl

Introduction to the eBooklet

This 30,252 word chapter tells the story of the Hot Curl surfers, beginning in the 1930s and going on into the 1950s.  Much of the material is taken from personal interviews I’ve had with Hot Curl surfers Woody Brown, Wally Froiseth, Fran Heath and Russ Takaki.  Some of these interviews were later published, in edited form, in The Surfer’s Journal and Longboard  magazines.

Special thanks go out to Wally Froiseth, Fran Heath, The Surfer’s Journal , Doc Ball, Gary Lynch,  and Bud Browne  for the use of images to accompany the text.

Additional chapters in the LEGENDARY SURFERS ebooklet series are available for purchase. To date, titles in this series include:

  • The First Surfers
  • Traditional Hawaiian Surf Culture
  • Ancient Hawaiian Surfboards
  • Duke Paoa Kahanamoku
  • The Malibu Board
  • Tommy Zahn: For The Pure Joy of it All
  • Dora
  • This LEGENDARY SURFERS ebooklet about the Legends of the Hot Curl contains some information from the chapters on the individual Hot Curl surfers, themselves, but is mostly comprised of text that is unavailable at the LEGENDARY SURFERS website. Addditionally, this chapter in electronic format contains over 57 hyperlinks to other chapters and resources at LEGENDARY SURFERS.

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    Contents of What You Will Receive:

  • THE KAHALA/BLACK POINT BOYS
  • Fran Heath
  • John Kelly
  • Wally Froiseth
  • THE  EMPTY LOT BOYS
  • EARLY INFLUENCES
  • CODE OF THE SURF DRUNK
  • THE 1ST HOT CURL SURFBOARDS
  • RESENTMENTS
  • SOUTH SHORE BLUEBIRDS
  • '30S SURFERS
  • MAKAHA
  • NORTH SHORE
  • WORLD WAR II
  • WOODY BROWN ARRIVES
  • RUSS TAKAKI JOINS IN, 1946
  • GOIN' MAKAHA
  • MAINLAND TRIP, SUMMER 1949
  • BIG WAVE SURFING CATCHES ON
  • NORTH SHORE ASSAULTS
  • SURFBOARDS, PADDLEBOARDS, CANOES
  • CAT TRIP 1957
  • THE HOT CURL GUYS IN LATER YEARS
  • Fran Heath
  • John Kelly
  • Woody “Spider” Brown
  • Russ Takaki
  • Wally Froiseth
  • HOT CURLS IN THE CELLAR
  • ISLAND STYLE LEGACY
  • SOURCES

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