Three men standing in front surfboards | Still from Lost LA Season 3 Beach Culture

California’s Deep History with Surfing

Dick Metz's lifelong love of surfing began in the 1930s, when he took up surfing. He founded the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center as a way to document the sport's pioneers and innovations over the years. We talk about California surfing's early days with Duke Kahanamoku and George Freeth, the technological advances of the surfboard and how the concept of lifeguarding contributed to having fun in the sun as we know it today.

LA as SubjectA collaboration between the USC Libraries and KCETLink, Lost LA features the member collections of L.A. as Subject, a research alliance dedicated to preserving and telling the sometimes-hidden stories and histories of the Los Angeles region.

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