June 10, 2011

George Greenough

International Surfing Museum "In the context of the relatively staid 1960s surf scene, George Greenough was perceived as an eccentric loner, a quirky mad-scientist type who rode waves on his knees and had a penchant for invention, like the go-cart he built then raced around the Montecito hinterlands at upwards of 120 miles per hour." by Drew Kampion

'It is ironic that the guy who had the greatest influence on surfing in the 1960s–who pioneered in-the-tube water photography, created the modern surfboard fin, inspired the shortboard revolution, and broke new ground in surf cinematography–hasn't stood on a surfboard since 1961.

'Descendent of the great American sculptor Horatio Greenough (1805-52), nephew to the great soprano Beverly Sills, son of the heir to a railroad fortune, George was born in Santa Barbara and survived open heart surgery as a boy to be raised in a Montecito mansion. He says he's only worn shoes three times in his adult life, and since George doesn't tend to exaggeration, that's probably exactly right.'

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