For The Pure Joy Of It All
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Boards, Boats & Lifeguarding
As A Kid
Pete's Plastic Board, 1946
Hollywood & Marilyn
1947 - Zahn, Quigg, Kivlin, Rochlen & Melonhead
The Darrylin Board, 1947-48
The Malibu Perpetual Surfboard
Paddling ChampMolokai to O‘ahu, October 1953
Diamond Head Paddleboard Race, 1954
"Bounding the Blue on Boards"
Catalina-to-Manhattan Beach Paddle Races
The Kivlin to Dora Connection
Late 1950s, Early 1960s
Catalina to Manhattan Beach Paddleboard Race, 1958
Catalina to Manhattan Beach Paddleboard Race, 1960
Catalina-to-Manhattan Beach Paddleboard Race, 1961
Diamond Head Paddleboard Race, 1962
The Lifeguard's Lifeguard
Skin Cancer, 1979
1984's Almost Forced Retirement
"Recollecting Zahn" by Craig Lockwood
Zahn's Other Side
End of an Era
One For Pete
"Figures like Tom [Blake]
and Duke [Kahanamoku] are really historic figures... Had they never existed,
the sport wouldn't be quite the same. And where can you find guys
in this game who led such exemplary lives? These were the real contributors
and innovators. I did none of these things... I surfed, paddled and
swam for the pure joy of it all. I was successful in some of my ventures...
all more or less forgettable. I tried (not always succeeding) in
living an exemplary life. It was my pleasure to have been personally
acquainted with figures like Duke, Tom, Pete [Peterson], Rabbit [Kekai],
George [Downing], Joe [Quigg], Wally [Froiseth], Gene [Tarzan Smith]; but
I have no desire to beome a 'professional-grand-old-man-of-surfing'" - Tom Zahn, November 5, 1989
"You will get your day
of recognition when the long boards come back." - Tom Blake to Tom Z., August 1967
Tommy Zahn listed "A few significant extracts" from his "Aquatic Sports Activities."
In his order, they are:
2 times winner - Surf Life Saving Association (SLSA) of Hawaii Rough Water Swimming Championships
4 times winner - Diamond Head Paddleboard Championships, Honolulu, Hawaii
5 times winner - Catalina to Manhattan Beach Paddleboard Race
Winner - 1956 International Rescue Board Race, Surf Life Saving Association of Australia
2 times winner - Hermosa-Manhattan 2 Mile Roughwater Swim (age group)
CIF Swim Finalist - High School
US Navy Swim Team - San Diego
First Senior Olympics 1 Mile, Run-Swim-run & Relay, 1980-82
And, in "Related Work Experience," in the order Tommy listed them:
24 Years skipper of rescue boat Baywatch Santa Monica. Second
highest rescue count of all 8 Baywatch stations.
7 Years as Training
Officer for the Lifeguard and Harbor Division, Santa Monica
Part time Training
Consultant for the California State Lifeguard Service, District 5, 1961-62
Captain and Training
Officer for the Honolulu City and County Lifeguard Service, 1959; Reorganized the service
Also noteworthy, but unlisted by Zahn:
Pacific Coast Dory Championship, twice
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