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December 14, 2012

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south bay ™ SOUTH BAY HISTORY TIDBITS MASTHEAD EARLY REDONDO BEACH BY MAUREEN MEGOWAN / RE/MAX ESTATE PROPERTIES Redondo Beach was the home of California´s first modern surfer. In 1907, Henry PUBLISHER Warren J Dow CREATIVE DIRECTOR Amanda Nelson-Sinagra Huntington brought the ancient art of Hawaiian surfing to the California coast. He owned most of the properties in Redondo Beach and was eager to sell them to visiting Angelenos looking for a break from the heat of the greater Los Angeles basin. DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALIST Kieron McKay DESIGN | PRODUCTION Kristen Dawe Huntington had seen Hawaiian beach boys surfing and decided to hire one of them; a young Hawaiian-English athlete named George Freeth to demonstrate the art of surfing for the entertainment of Redondo Beach visitors. George wanted to revive the art of surfing that he had seen depicted in old Polynesian paintings but found it difficult and had little success using the typical 16-foot hardwood SENIOR STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Jonason CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Pamela Corante-Hansen, Denise Kano, Danielle Lenglet, Quinn Roberts boards. He cut them in half and unwittingly created the original long board which worked exceedingly well and made him the talk of the Hawaiian Islands. Starting in 1908, "The Man Who Could Walk On Water" as he was called, gave surfing demonstrations for the many tourists arriving at the beach on the big, red streetcars. George exhibited his surfing prowess for Redondo Beach visitors twice a day in front of the Hotel Redondo. He was eventually made the official Redondo Beach lifeguard and the first lifeguard in Southern California. From 1907 to 1915, George spread a surfing revolution that would eventually become a phenomenon on the California Coast. A memorial bronze statue of George Freeth was placed at the Redondo Beach Pier and DIGITAL MEDIA it is often decorated with leis as tribute from surfers who visit from around the world. Several natural and man-made novelties lured early visitors to Redondo Beach. Between Diamond Street and the Hermosa Beach city line there was Moonstone Beach. Natural mounds five to six feet deep and 40 to 50 feet wide of gem stones were there to poke around in. Carnation Gardens, in the general vicinity of Ruby and Sapphire Streets east of Catalina Avenue, offered 12 acres of sweet smelling flowers that were almost always in bloom. The piers, too, were an attraction. Sports fishing was unsurpassed and amusements such as games, rides and the largest salt water plunge in the world added to the excitement One of the more interesting parks in Redondo Beach is Wilderness Park, an 11 acre oasis that feels like you are way out in the country. This park was originally a Nike missile site that was decommissioned by the Federal Government and transferred to the City of Redondo Beach on May 7, 1971. This park is available for overnight camp outs. Another attraction is the Seaside Lagoon, a salt water swimming area constructed in the early 1950's, which is heated by the hot water used by a nearby utility plant to generate steam for the generation of electricity. Besides swimming, the Lagoon offers a large sand area for sunbathing, children's play equipment, snack bar facilities, Download the South Bay Digs App at the Apple iTunes Store for iPhone & iPad 722 1st Street, Unit D, Hermosa Beach, California, 90254 Office: 310-373-0142 • Fax: 310-373-3493 and volleyball courts. There is also a grassed area and luau shelter for day and evening events. for more history South Bay Digs Magazine is published every other Friday by m3 Media, LLC. Reproduction in any form or by any means is strictly prohibited without the prior written consent from m3 Media LLC. The Publisher and advertisers are not responsible or liable for misinformation, misprints, or typographical errors. All advertised properties are subject to prior sale or withdrawal without notice. Real estate advertised in this publication is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act. M3 Media will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. Any and all submissions to this publication become the property of m3 Media, LLC and may be used in any media. TO OUR READERS: South Bay Digs Magazine welcomes your feedback and encourages reader response to our editorial features. Please send your letters to the Publisher at 722 1st Street, Unit D, Hermosa Beach, California, 90254 or via email to Please include your name and contact information. Letters may be published and we reserve the right to edit. ADVERTISING: For inquiries, please contact Publisher Warren Dow at 310-373-0142. SUBSCRIPTIONS: Subscriptions are $26 per year. Subscribe by email: CREATIVE SERVICES & AD DESIGN/ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROVIDED EXCLUSIVELY BY SOUTH BAY DIGS. © 2012 m3 Media, LLC. All rights reserved. 46  SOUTHBAYDIGS.COM | 12.14.2012 310.541.6416 (QSC, PV Specialist, SRES, SDPE)

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