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Walter B. Townsend  :  Surf-board and Outrigger at Waikiki, 1899.

 Olivares, Josť de:
Our Islands and Their People as Seen with Camera and Pencil - Vol. II
Introduction by Major-General Joseph Wheeler.
Edited and arranged by William S. Bryan.
Photographs by Walter B. Townsend.
N.D. Thompson Publishing Co., St. Louis, 1899.
 
Hathi Trust
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015005080695

Introduction.
This source was identified by Herve Manificat and posted on the Surf Blurb, 24 April 2013.
The on reference in the text to surfriding are the captions to the photographs.
The "artist" (author?), Josť de Olivares, is pictured in the stripped top in the outrigger canoe.
Note the free-standing construction off the end of the Moana Pier, possibly installed to shoot photographs..



The board portrait by Townsend is rare and, unlike similar contemporary images by James J. Williams and Frank Davey, has only occasionally been reprinted.

It appears in Malcom Gault-Williams: Legendary Surfers (2005) on page 223, with the caption "Waikiki surfer at the turn of the century."

The photographer and the original source are unaccredited.
Note that the surfer in this image is wearing shorts, whereas the other two are depicted in the traditional malo.
As this garment was unlikely to be in use at this time, it was probably employed by the other photographers as a prop to enhance  "traditional" authenticity.
For comparison, the other images are reproduced below.

Page 426

NATIVE CANOE WITH OUTRIDER
The outrider prevents the canoe from capsizing, and enables the boatman to venture with
perfect safety into rough seas that would be dangerous to any ordinary craft.
Our artist, who handles one of the paddles, has just returned from the exhilarating sport of a surf ride.

A NATIVE WITH HIS SURF-BOARD

The native sits or stretches full length on the board and rides the surf with perfect ease and safety.
The mild climate makes sea-bathing a pleasant sport all year round and the natives become so expert
in the use of these boards that they have been known to ride the surf for a distance of half a mile or more.


Olivares, Josť de:
Our Islands and Their People as Seen with Camera and Pencil - Vol. II
Introduction by Major-General Joseph Wheeler.
Edited and arranged by William S. Bryan. 
Photographs by Walter B. Townsend. 
N.D. Thompson Publishing Co., St. Louis, 1899.

Hathi Trust
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015005080695



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Geoff Cater (2013-2017) : Walter B. Townsend : Surf-board and Outrigger at Waikiki, 1899.
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