George Downing (left) and Wally Froieseth, late '40s
George Downing, Makaha. Photo: Don James
George Downing, left, mid-'50s. Photo: Walter Hofman
There were still a few challenging surf spots waiting to be discovered along the sparkling four-mile necklace of reefs between Diamond Head and Honolulu Harbor, and this allowed Waikiki to remain a force in contemporary surfing (unlike California’s San Onofre) during the 1950s. But the real Waikiki, the soft-lit beachfront of song and story—Queen’s Surf and Canoes and the rest of the interlocked b...