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 George Douglas Freeth, Jr

George Douglas Freeth, Jr

Birth
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Death 7 May 1919 (aged 35)
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Plot 100, Section 100
Memorial ID 2132 · View Source
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Surfing Pioneer, Lifeguard. Born in Honolulu, on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, he is revered as the man who brought surfing to Southern California. At an early age, he excelled at both swimming, diving and was selected captain of the prominent Waikiki-based Healani swim team. In 1907, he came to Southern California, where beachgoers were awed at the sight of a man riding the waves just off Venice Beach on a 200-pound, 8-foot-long solid wood surfboard. He later taught surfing and developed the first life guarding techniques, which were disseminated nationwide. For his efforts, he was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor for bravery. He died at age 35 in San Diego, California.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2132
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Douglas Freeth, Jr (22 Nov 1883–7 May 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2132, citing O'ahu Cemetery, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .