Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cal's Wrightsville Beach Report "Addendum"

Head's up ! Just in from Cal Porter. When Cal read Bradd's recent post on his visit to Wrightsville Beach in No. Carolina, he recalled the evidence in the form of a postcard showing a surfboard in use in the surf at Wrightsville Beach in 1906 !... in what may, in fact, be the first documentary evidence of surfing on the mainland.

Here is what Cal sent to us in this regard:

"Hi, Will, A bit of trivia for you,

In reference to the item on your recurrent lifeguard site about Bradd Schwichtenberg, I wonder if he knows that Wrightsville Beach, N.C. is the location of the first photo of a man on a surfboard of some sort in the United States that we know of. The date on this same postcard photo on the right is March 1907. It’s a summer scene so it had to have been taken in 1906 or before. George Freeth didn’t arrive in California until June of 1907 when he first surfed at Venice Beach. The man on the surfboard in this photo is looking back over his shoulder for the oncoming wave.



Photos courtesy of Cal. Many Thanks to Cal for his continuing contributions of stories and photos, etc.

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