Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Old Days at Big Corona

Growing up in Newport Beach, California I'd always heard about the days before they built the south jetty of Newport Harbor in Corona Del Mar. "Big Corona" was the place of legends. My dad told me the stories first. Duke Kahanamoku coming to Big Corona for a surfing exhibition. My dad said he rode it on a belly board, much like a skim board.

Anyway, I ran across this video of Big Corona filmed in 1939. Really cool stuff and you can see that there was definitely a surfing element going on in Newport. The music is great too! Looks like they could have definitely used a PaddleAir or two. Can anyone say "splinters in the chest?" Enjoy:

 -- posted by Herb Torrens

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