Surfing Newport Beach: The Glory Days of Corona Del Mar

Surfing Newport Beach: The Glory Days of Corona Del Mar

by Claudine E. Burnett, Paul Burnett


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Surfing Newport Beach: The Glory Days of Corona Del Mar by Claudine E. Burnett, Paul Burnett

Corona del Mar was once California's premier surfing spot, holding the sport's first Pacific Coast competition in 1928. Attempts to tame Corona and to make the Newport Beach harbor mouth safe for watercraft drastically altered board riding, destroying the great wave-making machine" of Corona and creating the surf giant of today known as the "Wedge." Read about Newport before World War II: experience the Great Rescue of 1925 by Duke Kahanamoku and others, the rum runners of Balboa and the evolution of Newport Bay. Pioneering surfers such as George Freeth, Tom Blake, the Vultee brothers and Pete Peterson helped make a name for the city in surf culture. Authors Claudine Burnett and her surfer husband, Paul, have delved deeply into the past, sharing stories that will give readers never-before-revealed facts not only about surfing but Newport Beach and Corona del Mar history as well."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609498405
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,186,351
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Claudine E. Burnett's books include From Barley Fields to Oil Town: A Tour of Huntington Beach: 1909-1922 (1996), Strange Sea Tales Along the Southern California Coast (2000), Haunted Long Beach (1996), and Balboa Films: A History and Filmography of the Silent Film Studio (2007). Paul Burnett has a degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he helped organize the university's first surf club. He is co-owner of the premier action sports and surf shop, Surfside Sports (, which started in Newport Beach in 1975.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

1 The Bay 13

Early Days to the 1910s 14

The 1920s 19

1930-1941 30

2 Newport Beach Before Surfing 35

Native Americans, the Spanish and Farmers 35

A City Begins 37

3 Surfing Arrives 43

The 1900s and 1910s 43

The 1920s 52

4 Corona del Mar Surf Contests 65

First Pacific Coast Surfboard Championships-1928 65

Second Pacific Coast Surfboard Championships-1929 77

Third Pacific Coast Surfboard Championships-1932 79

The Mystery Pacific Coast Championship Contests-1934 and 1936 81

5 Goodbye Corona del Mar: Other Surf Contest Locations 85

Sixth-Ninth Pacific Coast Surfboard Championships-1938-1941 85

National Surfing and Paddleboard Contests-1938 and 1939 89

Pacific Coast Watermen's Championship and World War II 91

6 Surfboards 95

Surfboard Evolution 95

How to Ride a Surfboard 104

7 Other Ways to Ride the Surf 109

Canoe Surfing 110

Bodysurfing 113

Aquaplaning 115

Auto Shoes 116

Surf Sled 117

Pillowcase Surfing 118

Epilogue 119

Newport Bay & Surfing Timeline 123

Bibliography 129

Index 137

About the Authors 143

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