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Froiseth, Wally


Prototype big-wave rider from Honolulu, Hawaii; an original hot curl surfer in the late 1930s, and one of the early surf explorers on the west and north shores of Oahu. Froiseth was born (1919) in Los Angeles, spent his early years living with his grandmother in Sacramento, and moved with his family to Honolulu in 1925. He began surfing at age eight, renting a board for 25 cents a day from a beachfront vendor in Waikiki, and was later informally mentored by master surf innovator Tom Blake.

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