Huntington Beach Then & Now: The Hole In The Wall Surf Team

Huntington Beach Then & Now: The Hole In The Wall Surf Team

THEN // From the Surfing Walk of Fame: "During the late '60s and '70s, The Western Surfing Association started a surf team competition on the west coast of California. There were about a total of 75 competing surf teams in WSA at the time. These teams were part of the surfing contest circuit.

The Hole in the Wall Surf Team turned out to be one of the 'hottest teams in amateur surfing,' according to Bob Pace, director for Region 5 of WSA. It was all about having fun in the sun without going professional.

The Hole in the Wall Surf Team won 20 contests in a row and remained unbeaten for approximately four years. There were around 25 surfers on this team with an age range from 20-55 years. The Hole in the Wall Surf Team had their own team shirts and jackets paid out of their own personal expenses, as well as entry fees, travel, and lodging with no sponsorship support.

The Hole in the Wall Surf Team was named for a hole with a huge drain pipe in a retaining wall at a sea cliff on the beach. It was across the street from the 'Gordie Shop' located on 13th Street and PCH. The team would simply cross the street to go surfing near the pipe.

The legacy of Gordie Duane lives strong and proud all over HB, but especially here at the 'hole.' As Hole in the Wall member Stephen Holt captioned this photo, 'That's Chris Cattel giving the peace sign, Randy Lewis is on the left next to Gordie, John Boozer is sitting on top of the pipe, Bob Carbonell is right below Gordie, then Bill Rainsforth, Chris Cattel, Lonnie Buhn, and in front is Me, Chopper, John Taylor, and Bob 'Sniffer' Milled."

NOW // Standing at the hole near 13th Street today, it's hard to not let your mind drift back to the 1970s, on a special day when the team posed, probably unaware just how classic and iconic the photo would become.

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