Saturday, July 7, 2018

George Freeth (1883-1919)

Aloha and Welcome to this biography of The Father of California Surfing
George Douglas Freeth, Jr.
George Freeth was the foremost of the haoles during surfing's "revival" at Waikiki in the first decade of the Twentieth Century. Not only would he be instrumental in helping to popularize surfing at Waikiki, along with the likes of Alexander Hume Ford and Jack London, but he would go on to successfully introduce surfing to the U.S. Mainland, become the first recognized professional ocean lifeguard, and one of the great watermen of the first two decades of the 1900's.

Inspired by the biography of George Freeth that Arthur C. Verge had published back in 2001, I gathered together everything I could find on Freeth and included it in LEGENDARY SURFERS Volume 1.

For a good many years, this chapter has only been available as a purchased ebook. It is now (as of April 2020) made freely available for downloading, reading and sharing.

Total pages: 42 (2.83 MB), including images and 7 pages of footnotes.

Aloha and Thank You for Your Interest in My Writings on Surfing's History, Culture and Legendary Surfers,

Malcolm Gault-Williams

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