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The Wise Family - Fenwick - '69

Bill & Rosalie with their kids at the beach house the summer of 1969.

Likewise Bikinis were a hit with the beach gals in Ocean City.  Mix 'n  & match bras and bottoms in hot Hawaiian prints were the new rage on the East Coast.  As chief  "brassiere engineer," Bill had little time between fittings to write a surf column for the Beachcomber newspapers in Delaware & Maryland.

Dick Metz &  Bill at SURFER HQ       metz waw srfr1.jpg

Dick greeted Bill & Rosalie at the Honolulu Airport in late November of 1967 and waited until they offloaded Bill in his wheelchair with a forklift. Dick transferred the traditional "welcome" leis from his own neck to Bill and Rosalie's. It was the beginning of a long friendship. Dick, the founder of Surfing Heritage Foundation with offices in San Clemente, is on a mission to preserve the history of surfing. The foundation needs your help.  Go here:                                 


Bill & Rosalie diving in the Bahamas 1989. The photograph below appeared in an article about Bill in the Japanese Surfing Magazine, Nalu, in 2000.  Copies of the magazine are in the Wise household but no one can figure out what the reporter had to say. The text is entirely in Japanese characters. The promised translation was not forthcoming.  Does anyone out there read Japanese?                    



East Coast Surf Documentary film producer, Will Lucas, has two films available for those interested  in 1960s Atlantic surfing.  Waves of Reflection features Delaware & Maryland personalities and breaks. Cruisin' Atlantic Avenue expands and includes Rhode Island South through Florida. Check Will's web site.



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Cecil Lear & Bill, both East Coast Surfing Hall of Famers with Eric   Jordan, documentary filmmaker - Wise home 2005                     

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