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Catching Waves

Fenwick Island, Delaware 1963 finds Bill riding a Hobie surfboard. This picture appeared in Bill's Surfer Magazine story, "Delaware; Where's That?" Published Apr/May 1964 - V 5 # 2  "Ripple John" Robertson photo.


 The Eastern Surfer - 1962

1953 Ford with homemade camper body. The first modern surfboards ridden on Delaware/Maryland waves came off the top of the "Surfer Express," surf buggy extraordinaire. The Eastern Surfer was in business!  


Steel Tower 1963

Another "Ripple John" shot of Bill dropping in at the place that would be later known as "Shits," and still later, the site of Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Bill was paralyzed here on Aug 10, 1965. 


Steve White - 1965

Steve was a summer visitor from California to  Ocean City. Bill slept in the 16th St Eastern Surfer shop and Steve woke him up at dawn.  On June 16 he rode brilliantly at the jetties where Bill took this picture. It appeared in Bill's Surfer Magazine article, "Surf; Maryland has it!" Vol 6 # 6 Jan '66.  Tragically, Steve and his brother died fighting a California brush fire that fall. Surfing East featured another Steve White noseride in a centerfold taken by Bill published in their Vol 1 # 2 Fall 1965 issue.  


 Duke Kahanamoku - 1967

Hobie sent Bill & Rosalie airline tickets and they found themselves in surfer's paradise - the North Shore and the Duke contest.  This photo by Leroy Grannis at the presentation ceremonies in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel preserves the touch of hand from ancient Hawaiian surfers through Duke Kahanamoku to Bill.

Duke Kahanamoku's biography: 


Indian River Inlet South Side - 1968

Where the waves dump over like fat cement pipes. On a July day in 1968 the Johnson Brothers & Scott Suit carried Bill over in his wheelchair to be with them. Scott & Al head out for a session with body and boogie. 

Later Skill paddled out on his new short board, got tubed, and made the wave.   Southside was ridden that day like never before. Bill captured the stoke on film.     


Skill bought his first surfboard from the Eastern Surfer in 1964 and still has the receipt signed by Bill.  Skill moved to O'ahu more than 30 years ago. From the beginning he was involved with teaching water sports to North Shore kids. The Menehune contest continues to be guided by Skill's unique ability to connect with young surfers.  Deeply involved with surfing, Skill, "The Voice of the North Shore," has been announcing major contests, including the Triple Crown, the "Eddie,"and other international events for many years. Check Skilly's website for daily updates: 



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