huntington beach pier

40th Anniversary Reunion and Exhibit Opening
1968 World Surfing Championship

Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum in association with Surf City
Nissan presents The 40th Anniversary Reunion and Exhibit Opening of the 1968 World Surfing
ChampionshipSaturday November 1st, 2008, 3-7pm
411 Olive Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Admission is free.
Call: 714-960-3483

The year is 1968. On January 22, Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern
surfing leaves us but is not forgotten. Richard Nixon is elected President
and Will Smith is born. The shortboard revolution is in full swing and The
Beatles start Apple Records. The small town of Rincon in Puerto Rico is
invaded by hundreds of teenagers who set up and run the 1968 World Surfing
Championships. To celebrate this historic event, the International Surfing
Museum will host participants of the event in a reunion at the museum. Join
the International Surfing Museum's effort to build the Ultimate Surfing
Cultural Museum which will insure the preservation of this and other
historic surfing culture moments for future generations to remember. The
photographs by Barry Church will bring back the memories as will the 1968
ABC Wide World of Sports coverage which will be available in limited edition
DVD's. This will be an amazing opportunity to come and hear their stories,
talk with the legends and have them personalize your experience by answering
questions and autographing memorabilia. Besides the 1968 Wide World of
Sports DVD the museum will have posters and event t-shirts available. The
list of guests are Hawaiian State Senator Fred Hemmings, Margo Godfrey
Oberg, Linda Benson, Greg MacGillivray, Felipe Pomar, Dick Catri, Mike
Tabeling, George Downing, Skip Frye, Larry Lindberg, Spider Wills, David
Nuuhiwa, Richard Graham and Barry Church. Peter Townend will emcee the panel
discussion. A written introduction from Surfing Walk of Fame Inductee, Drew
Kampion will introduce the new exhibit.

The opening is November 1st, 2008 at 3pm.

In 1968, Drew Kampion was on his first assignment from Surfer Magazine.
Barry Church was on assignment from a local newspaper as a staff
photographer. Barry's photos capture the moments and magic of the time.

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