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Author Moser, Patrick (Patrick J.), 1963- author.

Title Surf and rescue : George Freeth and the birth of California beach culture / Patrick Moser.

Publication Info. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2022]


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  796.33 FRE    Check Shelf
Description xiii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Sport and society
Sport and society.
Summary "The mixed-race Hawaiian athlete George Freeth brought surfing to Venice, California, in 1907. Over the next twelve years, Freeth taught Southern Californians to surf and swim while creating a modern lifeguard service that transformed the beach into a destination for fun, leisure, and excitement. Patrick Moser places Freeth's inspiring life story against the rise of the Southern California beach culture he helped shape and define. Freeth made headlines with his rescue of seven fishermen, an act of heroism that highlighted his innovative lifeguarding techniques. But he also founded California's first surf club and coached both male and female athletes, including Olympic swimming champion and "father of modern surfing" Duke Kahanamoku. Often in financial straits, Freeth persevered as a teacher and lifeguarding pioneer--building a legacy that endured long after his death during the 1919 influenza pandemic. A compelling merger of biography and sports history, Surf and Rescue brings to light the forgotten figure whose novel way of seeing the beach sparked the imaginations of people around the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Freeth, George, Jr., 1883-1919.
Surfers -- Hawaii -- Biography.
Swimming -- Coaching.
Lifeguards -- California -- History.
Lifesaving -- California -- History.
Beaches -- California.
California -- Social life and customs.
SPORTS & RECREATION / Water Sports / Surfing.
Beaches. (OCoLC)fst00829107
Lifeguards. (OCoLC)fst00998397
Lifesaving. (OCoLC)fst00998400
Surfers. (OCoLC)fst01139319
Swimming -- Coaching. (OCoLC)fst01140334
California. (OCoLC)fst01204928
Hawaii. (OCoLC)fst01208724
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Online version: Moser, Patrick (Patrick J.), 1963- Surf and rescue Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2022] 9780252053443 (DLC) 2021056963
ISBN 9780252044441 hardcover acid-free paper
0252044444 hardcover acid-free paper
9780252086526 paperback acid-free paper
025208652X paperback acid-free paper
9780252053443 electronic book
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