Gene "Tarzan" Smith
In October 1940, the recently formed Hawaii Surfing Association sponsored Gene Smith's attempt to paddle a surfboard between Oahu and Kauai. Smith was successful, and several years later paddled from the Big Island to Maui. Here are a few photographs of Smith as he prepared for the Kauai trip, as well as news stories that appeared in Hawaii newspapers.
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Photos and clippings from the collection of John M. Lind
founder of the Hawaii Surfing Association and the Waikiki Surf Club.