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The Guy that glassed for Gooney was Scoopy from Cail'ly; ya think.We made Hallelujah surf boards on Pupu St. behind Gooney's place thinkin about startin it up again.Crazy.P.S. Shout Out to all da surfers went Kauai from EWA BEACH in the Mikes V-Dub van,- 73 summer 3 mo.s crazy Butch, Frank, Gooney,Scoopy,da boyz shout back!
Howzit- just going back to read some things people had to say about., 1st i'd just like to respond about the popolo guy U folks talking about. I don't think the word popolo is discriminating. We used to call the guy who i think you're discribing popolo. His name was Leslie Robinson, he lived in the loop where Tim & Danny McClafferty lived. Bradda Leslie was the only popolo, Oh wait, there was Scoopy Breenan who lived next to the Leahy family. Both of these cats were very humble & could hold there own surfing. I really don't know if any of these guys glassed boards. Both these braddas were Kool.
i'm just floored with all the info there,so many names cause little ? in my head.
thanks for the info
just for the lack of anything else to do,
got a pinch nerve in my neck which has me house bound, i think the house was 91 ololani,
looking at it on mapsgoogle street view it looks nothing like 69' but things change
tanks for trip down the old ways and times
James if you tell me about where you lived on the street, and what kind of car you had, I bet I'll remember who you are. FYI... all the houses in Ewa Beach have an address that starts with 91-xxx.
2 other guys I forgot, Tim Tucker, and Andy Mieko?. Andy went from riding a kneeboard to being a contender on the pro level. He and Debbie Bowers were the ones from our gang that went all the way to the pro level.
Come to think of it, you may be thinking of Blackie, he was my brothers classmate in elementary school, but he moved to Makakilo, he and a guy named Wooford, would come down from Makakilo and surf at Shark Country. Then there's the Langley family, Eli started the Koa Puna Bike club, the Dias family, McClungs, Andos, they all near each other. The Cranston brothers were part of it. There was also the Palmerton boys, Billy, Kevin and Snoopy. Snoopy was a good friend. Across the street from them lived a hapa haole goofy foot Glenn McKimi or McKinney, with 2 really good looking sisters, one was named Pam.
So many people from back then. All fading in and out of memory.
oh sorry, i was a "foster freak" (foster village) and knew chris gardner through his girl friend polly bass , she went to radford high as i did
Jim, Radford had quite the crew and Foster Village was the upper limits of surfers, Paul Nehei, Steve Allport and his brother, Lani Keoho, me being from Hickam, I got a lot of ribbing.
But Radford was a place I'll never forget or regret, Harold Jones, big brother to Booby Jones, Robby Cahill, got in the Ram Page riding Waimea, Ted Asmus, Rick and Kevin Johns, Rick died surfing just west of Waimea, Kent McIntosh rescued from Waimea while body surfing, swam outside the line up to drop a duece and was swept up by the rip.
In the late 60's I went to a house in the woods in Rhode Island, who came to the door, Mikal Perry, she had married a guy in the coast guard, Rick Martell. last year I went to her fathers funeral at Ft. Rosecrans, he was the former commander of the Pacific fleet while she attended Radford.
I spent all my years there on restriction because of miserable grades, all I wanted to do was surf and build boards, I kept shooting myself in the foot, the old man would have given me anything if I had only paid attention to my grades.
But in the end, I brought him around to my side of the equation, he saw it was my life's ambition and he got on board with me, 45 years later, 3 time US champion and 2009 Billabong art of Shaping winner.
Ka Po'e a'ea
alot of "rad" surfers from that school,
did you forget John Peck?
i forgot the older brother of jones & asmus
i was there late 60's
Howzit James, I think John P is here on Kauai right now and I saw him the other day as we passed each other on the road, he waved at me but I didn't see him in time to wave back. He likes to come to Kauai for visits these days.Aloha,Kokua
Jim, you followed the dream and surpassed most other's who became satisfied with a status quo of boardbuilding. I have never met a person who knows you who does not hold you in high respect. Me particularly. I watched you mentor a young builder in his garage at night afyer you put in full days work. You had time for the kid, Austin I think was his name. My tip of the hat to a genius of boardbuilder and a good wuality person. I have no doubt your old man is looking down and smiling at the good man you became. John
Yo Old Salt, you spy on me, I help Austin, but like to "help" his mother more
Great story on the Inter-Islands site: http://inter-island.com/inter-island-blog/barrys-writings/neva-eva-go-ewa/
Hey I know some guys from Foster Village. We worked in TV as news cameramen back in the late 70's.
Doug Haia, Brian Smith, and Fred Asmus, who's no longer in TV but still lifeguards at Ke Iki Rd. A lot of my lifeguard friends worked with Fred. Don't know if the Guanzon boys surfed, but I was just with Bob at shoot in Kahuku. All those guys worked at KITV (ABC affiliate), while I worked at the NBC affiliate. Bob and Brian still work at KITV. They all got into TV because Paul Guanzon was the sports director. Paul has been doing sports somewhere on the mainland for a long time.
Booby Jones is probably one of the most under-rated north shore big wave guys.
I think Barry Morrison lived at Iriquois Pt. around '63 or so. I just saw him out at Diamond Head last week. He had a new Brewer 9'4" or 9'6" he was trying to get figured out. He said he was downsizing from 10'. Still surfs without a leash and knee paddles his board. He's a really nice guy. I love the boards he gets, all with that inter-island logo. I remember my cousin Kimo Farm having old Brewer mini guns with that logo in the late 60's. He got them from Rusty Star and gave them to his little brother, who was barely 10 years old. Probably the only grom riding brewer inter-island customs.
If I am correct, Barry Morrison now owns the Inter Island Surf Shop. All time great logo! Had not looked at his website for awhile, and he has added some photo's of some really nice new boards coming from Inter Island.
Rusty Starr was a great surfer, Sad that he left us far too early.
While at UH Manoa, surfed with a bunch of military dependents, from Makalapa (Father was in command of Fleet Weather Central at Pearl so we got great weather/swell predictions), Hickam, Kaneohe, and others. Being in a car with that darn sticker on the front bumper gave us access to a lot of spots we could not have reached otherwise. Still, going to surf North Beach on Kaneohe, we had to hid out boards under blankets in the back of the station wagons.
I was lucky to be a military dependent. We surfed Barber's Point a lot. I also surfed north beach a lot when I was in High School. We'd park up the hill where the houses are and walk down to the beach. I've seen that place breaking incredibly, line to the horizon and hard as hell to get out. Barrels across the inside that were round. Timmy Carvalho used to rip that place up. I've seen him get barreled making his bottom turn, the waves threw out so far on the sand. I broke the nose off my favorite board there, getting nailed on inside.
I only made it out to Barber's Point a few times. If I remember correctly, the two most popular breaks were "Swabbie Land" and "Officer's". I did hit it pretty good a couple of times. Of course, in those time's, the crowd factor on Oahu was not close to what it is now, so we did not have to drive much.
And, anyone who made the walk into "Flie's" back in the day, will never forget how the place go it's name. The walk in is a bit different now.
My first few "sessions" were at Waikiki on widow maker rentals, but we soon had a rental house in Momilani Heights area of Pearl City, the weekends were Mom packing up my sister, brother and me with sack lunch's for the whole day at Barber's officer beach.
They had the same, sad collection of rental monsters, some very ridable, others would nearly bring me to tears, I would pearl on every wave I paddled for and caught., only to swim one more time hundreds of yards in.
i was going to Waipahu at that time and surfed Ewa Beach with Pat Abella, Guy Kamaka and my next door neighbor Kazuo Lui-Kwan, his grandparents were retired cane workers for Ewa Plantation, they had immigrated from Japan in the 1800's.
Kazuo's mother would send us to the beach with rice balls and kim Chi sandwiches.
I'm 64 years old now, but all this made such and impact on my life, it seems like it happened only recently, time changed so quickly after the early to mid 60's, Indo-China was making a rumbling that wouldn't be felt full impact for a few more years. The drug "scene" hadn't gotten much momentum yet, there was an innocense in growing up in Hawaii then, if you look hard enough, it is still there, camouflaged between the tourists, Iceheads, downright people of the earth, I go searching for it each year, hoping to find that time machine to paradise on Earth
I spent my formative years learning to surf at Empty Lots then later on Sand Tracks, Hau Bush and Shark Country, first riding styro belly boards from Longs Drugs and surplus military air mats, finally graduating to borrowed Greg Nolls and Hobies. My neighbor's dad, Mr. Kodama, was our ride to the beach and he'd have us pick a bread bag full of ogo (deep red seaweed) before we could wax up. Being kooks from Pearl City, we were kinda shunned by the local crew but it did'nt matter. It was'nt crowded and just standing up was a thrill. I think the Afro American dude mentioned here was a guy that we knew as Scoopy. Mr. Kodama befriended a retired Air Force officer that lived right on the beach, who's son Robbie McDonald, was one of the regulars. They let us park in their driveway and hang in the yard. It was too bad that a few years later I would see Robbie's picture in the newspaper, strangely disappearing from the face of the earth.
The greenish,sometimes light brownish tinge to the water in Ewa compared to the Technicolor blue of the Town breaks made the waves kind of resemble California (to us anyway) and we'd associate glassy mornings with surfing the Ranch. One thing that stands out in my memory is of this one girl that looked about our age that was light years ahead of us in ability. I think her name was Julie Cueva, a petite, dark Filipino girl who had all the moves down while we were still trying to learn how to turn. She had a brother, David, who was also one of the hot surfers. I have'nt seen a guy named Herb Pruse mentioned so far, but back then he was known as one of the better surfers and even had a picture in one of the magazines.
After about a year of wave sliding, the shortboard revolution took place turning the surf world on it's head. My first exposure to this phenomenon was when I came in from surfing Empty Lots and as I was walking through Mr. McDonald's yard to rinse off, there leaning against the chain link fence were two short (maybe about 8 ft.) tear drop pintailed mini guns with sweeping raked fins. Seeming like I had just had a vision of sorts, upon closer inspection, one had "Hanapepe Surfboards" scrolled in pencil on the deck and the other logo in classic cursive was "Ryan Dotson Designs". It took a while to absorb what I had just seen and I carefully took in the lines and curves of the boards from head to tail. After surfing the breaks in Ewa Beach for another few years, we started exploring the other breaks the island had to offer, the South Shore, the westside and finally the North Shore. Every once in a while when the conditions are right, I'll head down Ewa way, and despite all the changes that has overtaken the sleepy little town, take part in the waves that I first stood up on. If I'm lucky, I'll run into Oneula out at Hau Bush (we used to call the break Sand Tracks) and catch up on whats happening with him.
Mentioning a couple more names that useto rip shark country was Michael Alcosiba, a.k.a. Dodong. Peyton Siliado. who moved to Hanapepe Heights on the island of Kauai and owns Peytons Plumbing. also Damon Tsurumaki. George Kaholokula actually had a bunch of good surfers. Tom.
Boy, you guys must be OLD!
Ok, Ok, since we're talking Westside and we're old, who remembers Stanley Parks? And for fifty dollars and the game, what did we call him?
Hints: he was the first guy to aggressively bottom turn the Pipeline to turn up into the tube (as opposed to cut and run); he was a Harbor team rider.
One of my most vivid surfing memories is of driving up the old dirt road past the chicken farm towards the Barber's Point fence. It was before dawn and the moon was going down, but it made the sandy two track road and the surrounding kiawe trees shine silver, shadows all blue and mysterious.
Was'nt he called savage? or something like that? I still remember seeing him riding Pipe in "Free and Easy", one of my all time favorite longboard movies. Did he also ride for Ramsey/Jay at one time too?
i must be pretty old cuze i forget things everyday..but i have recolections of "savage" with a rust colored ramsey-jay semi-gun nailing a bottom turn at the banzai pipeline i one of val valentines surf flicks.. and for 50 cents you were his bro so he could buy a double lunch at campbell school. sorry for the delay come back, i only started reading this thread recently.. aloha, old school
hey mike, do you mean the Peck?
this is like you said about the kauai tribe's , north don't know what's happening to the west tribe
peck bought a house in kekaha about 5 years ago
Howzit James , Yeo It was John, but haven't talked to him in years so didn't know about the house in Kekaha. Doubt if I will see him in Havasu, kind of like some body transferred me to another planet but hopefuly I will survive or kill my brother first, guy really needes a reality check and stop drinking. Aloha,Kokua
The chicken farm was owned by the Park family. The man I was named after, Harry Park's brother owned it. His daughter Robin was one of the gang, she married Beauford Helms, who was another standout switchfoot.
I surfed empty lots a lot when I was in 7-9 grade. My best friend's family, the Foo's, owned the Ewa Beach bakery. During the summer we'd wash pans at the bakery, then ride our bikes down to empty lots and surf then go to the bakery and wash pans again. Sometimes we'd just take paipos and swim fins because it was easier to carry. Isaac Tanaka made my friend Timmy Foo a really sweet board back then, and I used it all the time. Sometimes we'd go in to Jimmy Ha store and the old man would chase us out thinking we were going to steal something.
Dave Cueva was a hot surfer. We had a few run ins out at Shark Country being that he was from the "other" side of Ewa Beach, and Shark Country was "our" beach. The Eaton brother's had a few run ins when they first came down, but they are big boys and very intimidating, so they didn't have much trouble. The Ayala brothers made Shark Country their spot as well, Gilbert did pretty well, and worked at several surf shops before leaving the islands.
I think the guys Jim surfed with started the original Ewa Beach surf club.
Officer's Beach is now called White Plains, but to all the old guys it's still officers. Swabbie Land is probably the premier south shore right. Once upon a time it was a secret spot, then Bobby Owen's family moved to Ewa Beach and he started surfing there with Mark Foo. After that everyone found out about it. In the late 70's after I graduated from high school, I surfed officers almost everyday. many times it would only be me, John Crouch and one other guy named Steve and the waves would be coming in from the west and the rights would be so long. Sometime around 1979 or so the guards realized I was using an expired I.D. card and they took it away. After that I would walk from Shark Country to Officers if the surf was good. Then around 1981 I moved to town and in 1983 I moved into the building on the corner of Ala Moana and Piikoi street, which is right across the street from Ala Moana Park, and the tennis courts. That's when I surfed Tennis Courts, Big Lefts and Baby Haleiwa everyday.
After spending so many years surfing in "town" it's really hard to go back and paddle out into the brown water where you can't see your feet when you sit on your board. But when the wind is calm and the surf is just right, that side of the island has some of the best waves you'll ever ride. When Shark Country, Sea Wall, Sandtracks, John's or the Cove are good it is an incredible ride.
Hozzit Harry! great reminicing bout EB, EL, SC. By the Time you saw Cal and I was probably in the 70's. He was at Kammehameha and I had jus been home a few years from Arizona. when I grew up in EB all of EB thru Cambells was our stomping ground. Remember Doug Kingsley Norman Nauka and myself would paddle from EL to SC, Coves to O Beach (White Plains). On the wayback it got dark so we left our boards at Nelson Kangs house and walked home. Musta been around 63-64. I also remember camping at SC at the Beach House that the Phillips to watch. (some crazy parties). Rick, Tommy oldest brother and I were classmates at Kamehameha. Vinny Brian (original EBSC member with Moodys, Sadowskis etc.) would always grab me to take me there when town was big (didn't have license). George, Rick, Mel,and a host of others would come over from EB Estates, Leeward Estates and EBR and hang out at my house even when I wasn't there. Occaisionally my Kamehemeha friends would come too, but not many surfed at Kamehameha then neither did they realise that I surfed.Mostly thought I was a Football guy and scrapper. Anyway GK, MB, RP were instrumental in getting me back to surfing. I remember that first summer I was home 1969 I asked my brother how come everyone surfing stand up on paipo boards. fast forward to SC.I remember Dave Cueva saying how some of the youger guys were being territorial. Kou mana'o, I said maybe they need to be taught manners. Guess when I was surfing as a kid it was real small. Most everyone who surfed eventually belonged to EBSC so we got to know each other. Back then the demarcation line was Ewa. Not many of the Ewa, Honouliuli guys surfed, Joe and Payton Siliado,Lino were the ones I remember, Gilbert Dano and Dudoung later. My attitude then was, I like see you kick me out, cause 1) I from here EB 2) I can surf good 3) wheres the respect and 4) I can kick ass so no go dare. Most importantly, if people really got to know me (ask Issac and Mel guys) I could become your good friend. But that was a loooooooong time ago. This is kinda funny now but I remember Kevin Johns, always introducing me as his Hawaiian friend. I didn't have a clue. This would happen at North Shore, Town, Malalapa Parties, Foster Villiage, and even Makaha. As I said I didn't have a clue. I did save him more then a few times. My age then 13-14. Obviously when I was older I figured it out . By then Kevin had moved to Maui. Like I said in an earlier post we were kids who lived at the end of the road.
Mahalo ame ka Ha'aha'a
The first time I ever went surfing was with Jim Phillips and his Brother. We went to Barbers point officers beach. I remember it had a lifeguard,concession stand and restrooms with a shower. None of us were old enough to drive. Our Mom's used to drive us over and leave us for the day. This was around 1963. Officers Beach was a great place for kids..it had showers and restrooms,snack bar,patios and as I recall the navy lifeguards were pretty strict. In later years my Mom said it was great place to get rid of us for whole day. I can remember being scared to death of Stanley Parks for some reason.
We had pulled up to old Maili, there was a small sand dune just off the highway, we ran over it o check the waves, when we turned around, our boards were gone off the car, what a snatch and grab.
About a year later we are out at Makaha or Yokohama and there is Stanley with my board, I tell him he has my stolen board, he doesn't give it back to me, but says "come down Nanakuli tonight and I geeve'um back to you". I never saw that board again. When I reported the board stolen to the Waianae police and they asked what kind it was, I said I made it, "brah, what it worth, 30 dollahs" was the officers reply