Pat Curren. Photo: Ron Church
Jose Angel, Waimea. Photo: Pat Edwards
Sunset Beach. Photo: Lou Perez
North Shore surf check, early '60s
Dickie Cross’ death at Waimea Bay in 1943 remained the sport’s darkest, most disturbing cautionary tale. George Downing, Wally Froiseth, and a few other Hawaiian surfers drove out to the North Shore occasionally over the next ten years, but for the most part it went unridden. It was the Californians who turned the North Shore into a surfing obsession, beginning in 1953 when Flippy Hoffman and Bob...