Tales of The Hawk

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A reader-supported surf publication founded in 1992, The Surfer’s Journal is vivid, authoritative, and independent. The goal of each 132-page bimonthly edition? A completely resolved composition. Balance. Color. Story. And purist surf energy from Page One to close-of-book.

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To tell the biographical story of late surf pioneer Dale Velzy, Craig Stecyk interviews Velzy’s friends, employees, and the legend himself. When Velzy passed away in 2005 at the age of 77, he nearly took all these surf stories with him. Today Velzy’s surfboards are considered collector’s items and coveted by surfers across the globe. Stecyk uses his deep knowledge of California surfing culture to tease out the best of Velzy’s biography in this Journal feature.