This Friday, April 8, 6-8 P.M.
Come meet and hear Nat unveil the tale of that legendary contest and view the board, Sam, that literally made surfing history that fateful day.
On September 26 through October 2, 1966, the 3rd World Surfing Championships were held in San Diego, at Ocean Beach. With over 80,000 spectators, it was the biggest surf contest ever held on the Mainland at the time. It was also the first time the U.S. media covered Surfing as a serious sport, rather than just another California fad. As the contest began at Ocean Beach Pier, it quickly evolved into a duel between two completely different approaches to wave riding: The laid-back California cruise style, showcasing the 10 second+ nose rides of David Nuuhiwa and others, versus the power style of Nat Young and his fellow Aussies attacking the wave face.
Nat Young rode an old, nine-foot “pig” surfboard he affectionately named Sam, effortlessly carving arcing lines on the wave faces. Nat emerged the winner making it the first time a world championship had been won by a surfer from a country other than the host nation.
Many surfers today view Nat’s performance at San Diego in 1966 as a true, pivotal benchmark in world surfing: the start of the transition away from the bulky, heavy long boards of the 50s and 60s to the shorter, lighter and therefore more maneuverable boards that we know and ride today.
The Sam at CSM is the second of two reproductions shaped by Jed Noll, under Nat’s watchful eye, and donated to CSM. Nat does not know exactly what happened to the original Sam.
What: World Surfing Champion Nat Young Presentation and Booksigning
When: Friday, April 8 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Meet and greet at 6 p.m.; Presentation at 6:30 p.m. followed by booksigning
Where: California Surf Museum, 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, Ca
Info: surfmuseum.org/ (760) 721-6876