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  • Makaha backwash

    Photo: David Darling

    Makaha backwash

    In 2011, Matt Warshaw set out to create the greatest collection of surfing content in the world. With the help of Kickstarter, on October 1, 2013, the Encyclopedia of Surfing was born. Here are some of our favorite entries.

    Photo: Makaha backwash, 1966.

  • Off the wall

    Photo: Mike Funk

    Off the wall

    Matt Archbold, Off-the-Wall, 1990.

  • Pipeline

    Photo: Jeff Divine


    Jackie Baxter, Pipeline, 1972.

  • Newport Wedge

    Photo: Ron Stoner/SURFER Magazine

    Newport Wedge

    Newport Wedge

  • Buttons

    Photo: Jeff Divine


    Buttons Kaluhiokalani, Velzyland, 1975.

  • Candy Calhoun

    Photo: Ron Church

    Candy Calhoun

    Candy Calhoun and Duke Kahanamoku, 1964 United States Surfing Championships, Huntington Beach.

  • Off the Wall

    Photo: Brian Bielmann

    Off the Wall

    Todd Chesser, Off the Wall, 1995.

  • Pupekea, 1967.

    Photo: Ron Stoner/SURFER Magazine

    Pupekea, 1967.

    Bill Hamilton, Pupekea, 1967.

  • Hollister Ranch

    Photo: John Severson/SURFER Magazine

    Hollister Ranch

    Kemp Aaberg, Hollister Ranch, 1960.

  • Huntington Pier

    Photo: Ryan Miller

    Huntington Pier

    Kolohe Andino, Huntington Pier, 2011.

  • Makaha

    Photo: John Severson/SURFER Magazine


    Linda Benson, Makaha, 1959.

  • Rob Machado

    Photo: Peter Dive

    Rob Machado

    Pro surfer Rob Machado.

  • Long Beach

    Photo: Doc Ball

    Long Beach

    Mary-Anne Hawkins, Long Beach, early 1940s.

  • Honolua Bay

    Photo: John Witzig

    Honolua Bay

    Nat Young, Honolua Bay, 1967.

  • Greg Noll

    Photo: Encyclopedia of Surfing

    Greg Noll

    Big-wave legend Greg Noll, mid 1950s.

  • Dana Point

    Photo: Doc Ball

    Dana Point

    Peanuts Larson, Dana Point, early '40s.

    For more, check out the Encyclopedia of Surfing's website.

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