Definitive History of Surfing's Culture and Heroes
page updated on 18 July 2008
Complete List of Malcolm's Writings
"... just remember, even though I wrote a Dora piece in 1983, and surfed
contemporaneously with him in the '60s, my work wouldn't have been nearly as possible without
yours... the history on your site and the care with which you render it, were absolutely
invaluable as research and source material."
- David Rensin, 2008
"Keep up the writing... you do a great job and a lot of us
enjoy the read!"
- Brett Thomas, 2008
"Thanks, I really enjoy your work - it’s a treasure you capture. That
book [Volume 2] is a deal... you're the real deal, the original
Webster / Funk and Wagnal of surfing."
- Michael O'Shaughnessy, 2008
"Volume 1 is such a prized book of mine!
The BEST wrap on surfing history by far.
Take care and hope to meet in person one of these days."
- John Mellor, 2007
"i just ordered DORA from you, as I enjoyed "The Malibu Board."
I surfed in Santa Monica in the mid 1950's, first on a Balsa Board then on
a 9-2 Velzy-Jacobs that I worked all summer to pay for in 1959. I never good very
good at board surfing, but I was in love with body surfing and walked down to ride
State Beach at the foot of the Santa Monica Canyon with my buddy John just about
every morning to ride the glass off as the sun came up... Your legendary surfer
series is excellent... I am printing some of your articles into a booklet for my
older son's Christmas present."
- Scott McGilvray, Santa Cruz, CA, December 2007
"I never knew this story and just stumbled upon it this
morning while looking for
something else. Nick [Gabaldon] sounds like a person we as surfers, whatever our race,
should want to emulate and should strive to bring his type of spirit to the line up
each and every time we paddle out. What an inspiration 2 days before Christmas. Thanks
for the early present."
- John Mikstay, CT, December 2007
"I LOVE all of your material and share it with anyone
and everyone who will listen..."
- Jack McCoy, Australia, 2007
"As a born and raised Santa Cruz surfer,
all I can say is 'wow' and 'thank you'.
This is one of the best blogs I have found on the internet. I will be sure to check back often.
Please keep up this incredible historical work."
- Adventure Out LLC, 2006
"Hey, Malcolm: You are the keeper of the flame,
every time I get you newsletter I learn
something... Email me when your ready to let the rubber meet the road. Anyways,
there's nobody doing what you are. Keep up the great work. 'AS ALWAYS,'"
- Tubesteak, 2005
"Malcolm, I just wanted to tell you that Legendary Surfers is
getting better and
better all the time. Keep it coming. I am enjoying every news letter better than the last.
- Gary Howe, 2004
"My old pal, Chuck Shipman, lives across the street from Sunset,
hosted Mal Piau (sp) the
navigator from Yap island. He has retold me many storries about the birth of the Hokule'ia
and how it was destined for trouble... History cannot be lost to time, it is too valuable an
asset. This is evident by your extensive research, Malcolm. Mahalo and aloha."
- Jim The Genius, 2004
"At 45 & surfing most of my life , it wasn't till I went
through you're volumes,
did I realize just how heavy the surfing STOKE really is and always has been. I'm
especialy moved by the old Hawaiian stories, and of course, the fact that woman were so
much a big part of that history. I've been to Hawaii twice and somehow this info never
passed through this thick skull! Long story short, I really think these volumes should
be mandatory for all people, young and old who have an interest in the sport. It would
undoubtedly alter many attitudes out in some of the more pleasant line-ups we have today...
sincerely and kudos to yah,"
- Al Allison, 2004
"You have created quite an asset to the surfing community."
- Frank A. Baldridge, 2004
"Hi Malcolm: thanks for putting me on your list. I continue to be
amazed at your prolific
output and dedication. Keep up the great work -- a valuable and lasting contribution to
surf culture and history. Best regards,"
- Paul Holmes, 2003
a kid growing up in Malibu in the late 50's I had a chance to be pushed
off more than one wave by Miki Dora, so reading the booklet on him has
been very entertaining, educational, and factual... Thank you."
- Tim Cassidy, Jackson Beach, Florida, 2003
"Always find something interesting in your newsletter. Aloha Always, Jack"
-- Jack McCoy, August 2003
"Thank you for a most extraordinary article -- still the best surfing site on the web. Go well."
-- Baron Stander, South Africa, July 2003
"I really think you have been doing an incredible service to the surfing community.
I have been facinated by all the info... Mahalo and all the best!"
-- Randy Rarick, May 2003
"Malcolm, I am so impressed with your site. A thoughtful, informed contribution and a lot of effort... Thanks, Tom"
-- Tom Adler, Santa Barbara, May 2003
"You have it all. There's nothing better around;
you did a lot of homework. It's great stuff; makes it seem like it was
yesterday and not 43 years ago." --
comments on "The Golden Age of Malibu," April 1999
"Kudos and accolades."
-- E.J. Oshier, 1998
"Your [writings web] page is a very big asset
to preserving and celebrating the historic figures of Surfing. Terrific..."
Hemmings, April 1997
"Malcolm Gault-Williams is on a mission to
record oral histories as told to him by as many of our great surf elders
as possible, in scholarly fashion, before they are lost forever. He submits
his manuscripts painstakingly footnoted. He transcribes and presents the
interviews verbatim, the way they were spoken, false starts, verbal stumbles
and all. This allows a fuller sense of the personality and nature of the
speaker than the condensed, sanitized versions normally published"
Pezman, Editor, The Surfer’s
Journal, Fall 1996
I think you've got it like I said it, even
with the local talk we use when we're among friends. Thanks for taking
Froiseth, May 1996
"TARZAN REDUX," The Surfer's Journal,
Volume 13, Number 2, May 2004. Photos courtesy of the Smith Family photo album.
Published Magazine Articles on Surfing
"GEORGE FREETH: Modern Surfing Revivalist," Longboard,
Volume 12, Number 2, April 2004. Photos courtesy of the Tom Witt Collection.
BLAKE: The Uncommon Journey of a Pioneer Waterman, by Gary Lynch
and Malcolm Gault-Williams, 2001, published by the Croul Family Foundation.
"Pulling Seaward: Tommy Zahn," The
Surfer's Journal, Volume 9, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2000. Co-authored
with Gary Lynch.
"Last Chapter: 'Tarzan' Smith," The
Surfer’s Journal, Volume 7, Number 4, Winter 1998. Archivist:
"Doc Ball, Through the Master's
Volume 6, Number 4, August 1998. Written with Gary Lynch.
"Surf Drunk: The Wally Froiseth
Story," The Surfer’s Journal,
Volume 6, Number 4, Winter 1997. Photographs from Wally's collection reshot
by Steve Wilkings.
"Fran Heath: The Forgotten
Hot Curler," Longboard,
Volume 5, Number 1, March/April 1997.
"Woody Brown - Pilot, Surfer,
Sailor," The Surfer’s Journal,
Volume 5, Number 3, Fall 1996, pp. 94-107. Photo prints by Bud
Volume 32, Number 10, October, 1996, p. 64. Book Review of the reissue
of the old Doc Ball classic.
"Surfin' Da Net,"
Volume 32, Number 3, March 1996.
"Tom Blake and the Hollows,"
Volume 3, Number 3, Aug./Sep. 1995.
"Old School Stash," Surfing,
Volume 31, Number 7, July 1995. Bud Browne profile.
"Mo‘ikeha at Maka‘iwa,"
H & S Publishing, Kapa‘a, Kaua`i, Hawai‘i, Spring 1995.
Hobie Alter, October
John Elwell, Chuck "Gunker" Quinn, Jack "Woody"
Ekstrom, Jim Voit, Tom Carlin, July 1999
LeRoy "Granny" Grannis,
E. J. Oshier, September
John "Doc" Ball,
Russ Takaki, March
Wally Froiseth, Ka-pahulu,
Hawai`i, April 1996
Fran Heath, Waikiki,
Hawai`i, April 1996
Ben Finney, UH, Honolulu,
Hawai`i, April 1996
Woody Brown, Pa‘ia,
Maui, Hawai‘i, November 1994
Bud "Barracuda" Browne,
San Clemente, California, October 1994
Rennie Yater, Santa
Barbara, California, March 1994
Thomas Edward Blake,
Tommy Zahn & Chauncy Granstrom,
Tommy Zahn, August
of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
of California, Santa Barbara, California
of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas;
A favorite photo. Woody Brown and I on the
porch in Paia, Maui, November 22, 1994. Photo taken by Miya.
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