Finney, Ben

This unfinished page contains text from either the 2003 or 2005 print version of Encyclopedia of Surfing. An updated version, with more photos, is coming soon.

California-born professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Hawaii; coauthor of 1966's Surfing: A History of the Ancient Hawaiian Sport, a comprehensive study of the origins of surfing. Finney was born (1933) and raised in San Diego, California, and learned to surf as a teenager. He earned an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Hawaii in 1959, a Ph.D. in anthropology from Har...

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