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History of Surfing


UH Mānoa Art Auditorium (Art 132): Honolulu, HI (map)


Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm


Join us in exploring the history of surfing in Hawai‘i with renowned historians and alumni, John Clark and Ian ʻAkahi Masterson.

Discover the history of traditional Hawaiian surf sports and ask questions during a Q&A session with John and Ian.

Please register online by Monday, June 10. Family and friends welcome. Registration is required.

Parking is available on the UH Mānoa campus for $6 after 4 p.m. For more information on parking, please click here.

About John Clark

John Clark was born and raised in Hawai‘i. He started surfing in 1954 when he was eight years old, and has been a life-long surfer ever since. He rides longboards and paipo boards. He is a proud graduate of University of Hawai‘i where he received an AS in Fire Science from Honolulu CC as well as a BA in Hawaiian Studies and an MA in Public Administration from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is also the author of ten books on Hawai‘i’s beaches, surf spots, and shoreline place names that are published by the University of Hawai‘i Press. In 2017 the Hawaiian Historical Society recognized him as a Kahu ‘Ikena, a “caretaker of [Hawaiian] knowledge.”

For more, read our 2018 Q&A with John Clark.

About Ian ʻAkahi Masterson

Ian Akahi Masterson (aka “The Surf Professor”) hails from Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu. You may catch sight of him at a different beach location on any Saturday of the semester with his Island Surfing Sites students. Masterson received his MA in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and an AA Liberal Arts from Windward CC, where he currently is an Instructor and Workforce Development Coordinator. He has developed curriculum for courses in Pacific Surf Science and technology, Polynesian Surf Culture, Pacific Islands Studies, Ocean Safety Education, and Recreational Thrill Craft Operators Education at Windward CC since 1999. His passionate teachings are place-based and founded on Hawaiian cultural concepts.

For more, watch our 2016 video profile on Ian Masterson or visit his website, The Surf Professor.

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