surfers : fred hemmings
|Realising early that he had
neither the talent or temperament to shape
surfboards, over the years in small-medium
surf conditions Fred Hemmings rode custom
boards from a number of experienced shapers.
However, for serious waves he relied on Dick Brewer to supply high-quality guns from his Surfboards Hawaii factory.
1964 Makaha International Surfing Championships.
In 1964 Fred Hemmings was gifted one of Brewer's personal boards which he road to victory in that year's Makaha International Surfing Championships, after being photographed by Dr Don James on the morning of the contest.
Fred recalls that after the officials called for the contest area to be vacated, several times, he was the only one left on the break.
As Dr. Don James was paddling out with his camera to get in position for the first heat, Fred moved across to the bowl and took off on his Dick Brewer gun, rode all the way to the beach, and the officials started the contest.
He went on to win the final, his third Makaha victory after winning the junior event in 1961 and 1963.
Fred Hemmings riding huge Makaha Point surf, circa 1964.
Photo: Dr Don James.
Margan-Finney, page 228, autographed Duke's Day, Freshwater Beach, 1st February, 2015.
||1965 World Contest, Peru.
Semi-final, Punta Rocas, 20-21 February.
Robert August, Joey Cabell and
Fred Hemmings (5th) going right.
Ken Adler and Hector Verlarde going left.
Competitors at the Waikiki Surf Club, Lima,
Fred Hemmings at right.
Photo: Fred Hemmings Collection.
1965 World Contest Semi-finalists: Fred Hemmings and Big Red, Paul Strauch,
Micky Munoz, Buffalo Keaulana, Joey, Cabell, Felipe Pomar, George Downing, Midget Farrelly.
On the way from Lima to Punta Rocas ,
Fred's board is somewhere in the
back of the truck.
Photographs by John Severson
Surfer,Volume 6 Number 2, March 1965.
Colour image courtesy of Fred Hemmings.
Big Red, at 11ft, was Fred's big wave gun.
Shaped by Dick Brewer it was based of a concave tailed gun he had shaped for Buzzy Trent.
Fred Hemmings riding Big Red, Waimea Bay, 1965.
Fred Hemmings Collection.
1965 Duke Contest, Sunset Beach.
Duke Kahanamoku with 1965 Duke Contest Invitees.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 1965.
Left to right: Felipe Pomar, George Downing, Mike Doyle, and Fred Hemmings, Jr.
The contest was won by Jeff Hakman.
Duke Kahahamoku Surf Team 1965:
Paul Strauch, Joey Cabell, Fred Hemmings and
These Tennies Are Too Much!
For beach, school or casual wear, they're always in style.
The aloha print surfers come in blue, red, green or yellow.
Get your Tennies and Wet Suits now.
Duke in yellow, Fred in blue.
Surfer Volume 7 Number 1, March1966.
5-14 November, 1968.
Men's World Surfing Champion, 1968.
Centre Fold Out Poster
Surfing March 1984 Volume 20 Number 3.
Domes, Puerto Rico?
Fred Hemmings surfing in the final, Rincon, Puerto Rico.
In the two years since the last world contest, there had been radical changes in surfboard design.
While Hemmings' Greg Noll Surfboard, shaped by Ben Apia, was one of the longer boards ridden by the finalists at 8ft 4", it was more than a foot shorter than boards of the previous winter; the shortest board ridden by Reno Abellira, shaped by Dick Brewer at 6ft 7" x 18.75" x 2.6".
|1969 Big Surf, Arizona.
Fred Hemmings, as the current world champion, was invited to surf at the newly constructed Big Surf at Tempe, Arizona.
Designed by Phil Dexter, it was the first artificial wave pool in the US.
The photograph right shows Fred cutting back at Big Surf, with the unusual plastic binding used on the two editions of his first book, Surfing/Hawaii's Gift to the World of Sports in 1977.
Big Surf Water Park
Kelly Slater Wave Company
|Surf-Jet Surfboards: Design 1
At the end of the 1960s, the Hartford Huntington company ventured into surfboard manufacture under the Surf-Jet label, producing the Fred Hemmings' Design 1, shown right.
Fred Hemmings Collection
Accompanying a magazine article, the title, Surfing is Reality, reflected his disapproval that surfing culture was embracing the emerging drug culture, initially with the widespread use of cannabis and LSD.
His views were in stark opposition to the many of his contemporaries and the promotion of illicit drug use in surfing magazines and films.
In Australia, his opinion was shared by Midget Farrelly who wrote a similar article at the time, and was known to sack employees found to be imbibing while at work.
|Fred Hemmings and Peter
1976 IPS Champion.
In late 1976, Fred Hemmings announced formation of the International Professional Surfers circuit, with a professional world title to be awarded on points accumulated from rated-contests over the next year, 1977.
Backdating the results from the current year, Peter Townend was declared the first IPS Champion.
To celebrate his victory, Peter Townsend and Fred Hemmings were photographed at Waikiki with a trophy borrowed from the Outrigger Canoe Club.
Fred Hemmings and Margo Oberg,
winner of the 1976 Lancer's Cup, Hawaii.
Surfing/Hawaii's Gift to the World of Sports
Grossett and Dunlap, New York, 1977.
Surfing: Hawaii's Gift to the World of Sports
Zokeisha Publications Ltd.
5-1-6 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 106, 1977.
Basically the same book, minor variations.
Cover: Gerry Lopez
The Soul of Surfing
Sports Enterprises, 1997.
Sports Enterprises, Inc. Maunawili, Hawaii, 1997
Hard Cover and paperback.
Da Capo Press, Incorporated. Paperback
Thunder's Mouth Press, 1999.
Introduction by Paul Holmes
Four editions published between 1997 and 1999,
in Japanese and English.
Local Boy: A Memoir
Sports Enterprises Inc.
Fred Hemmings Keynote Speaker
Boards and Commissions:
Governor's Millennium Commission, Hawaii 2000
Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation Trustee, 1990-1991
Denver Broncos - National Football League Board of Directors, 1984- present
Children's Advocacy Director, 1991
International Professional Surfing co-founder and President, 1976-1983
United States Surfing Federation Honorary Director - Life 1987
Triple Crown of Surfing Founder and Producer, 1983-1988
Association of Surfing Professionals Life Director, 1985
Hui Nalu O'Hawaii Board of Directors, 1976-1979
Boys Club of Honolulu Board of Directors, 1976-1979
Outrigger Canoe Club Board of Directors, 1972-1973, 1975-1976
Awards and Honors:
Waterman of the Year 2002, Surf Industry and Manufacturer's Association
List of Hawaii's 50 best athletes of the 20th. Century, Sports Illustrated-2000
Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, 1999
Punahou School Athletic Hall of Fame, 1994
International Surfing Hall of Fame, 1991
Small Business Hawaii Top Legislator ranking, 1985-1990, 2000-2003
Honolulu Junior Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Businessmen's Award, 1969
Duke Kahanamoku Sportsman Award, 1969
Goodwill Tours with Duke Kahanamoku State of Hawaii, 1966-1967
Senator State of Hawaii, 2000-2006
Senate Republican leader, 2003-2004
Gubernatorial Candidate (R) State of Hawaii, 1990
House of Representatives State of Hawaii,1984-1990
Republican Floor Leader House of Representatives 1989-1990
Oahu County Chairman Republican Party of Hawaii, 1975-1976
|Journalism - Books:
Surfing, Hawaii's Gift to the World, 1977
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Surfing, with Randy Rarrick, 1977
The Soul of Surfing is Hawaiian, 1997
Honolulu Magazine Contributing Editor (politics), 1991-1992
Honolulu Star Bulletin Weekly Columnist, 1966
Talent, KGU Radio Advertising & Radio talk show host, 1991-1992
National Broadcasting Company Sports World- commentator, 1979-1983
American Broadcasting System Wide World of Sports-commentator, 1970-1975, 1978
Columbia Broadcasting System Sports Spectacular-commentator, 1976-1977
Hawaii Sports Scene KITV producer/host, 1972
Clairol Incorporated- "Big Surf" Consultant/test pilot- first artificial wave machine, 1969
National Television Commercials:
United Airlines, 1966
Kellogg's Cereal, 1967
Eastman Kodak Co. (Europe) French Commercial 1970
World Surfing Champion Rincon, Puerto Rico 1968
Peruvian International Surfing Champion Lima, Peru 1964
Makaha International Surfing Champion Junior Division- 1962, 1963; Senior Division- 1964, 1966
Molokai to Oahu Canoe Race Championship Teams 1967, 1968, 1975, Masters 1984
National Super Stars Competition-Veterans, Rotunda, Florida 1976
Honolulu Quarterback Club Athlete of the Year 1964
- Many thanks to Fred Hemmings.