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Words on our 50th anniversary
Tommy Proctor called me this morning and asked me to pen my thoughts on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Carolina Coast Surf Club in the summer of '63. I said, "Dude, that was a long time ago, but OK. Here's how I remember it. First there was a great explosion! The earth slowly cooled, dinosaurs died off, and then there were waves. The first surfers evolved from plankton and barnacles and such washed ashore by the tides. They were soon walking upright, first with a clumsy shuffle, then a cross step. Tribes were formed. The Grimmies moved inland, the Kooks went up north to form their own culture, and the Hodads, as we all know, went to Folly Beach. The surfers stayed put, close to Mother Ocean. Thats how local surfing evolved.
As far back as I can remember, Tommy has been the "Kahuna". Some historians trace his roots back to the quaint Hawaiian town of "Comonawannalaya". Still others hint to alien origins (look closely at his ears). Whether extra-terrestrial or mortal man, Kahuna is definitely endowed with powers and abilities far beyond those of the average surfer. He was the very first homo-erectus to ever pop up from a prone position! Kahunas legacy will be that of a surf statesman, a visionary counterculture icon, a gentleman of dubious repute, and an intrepid waterman. You're my hero, bro. Here's to 50+ years of surf stoke!
-Hal Coste, Surf historian and devotee
Surf Club in Charleston Magazine
See the August 2010 issue of Charleston Magazine. Tom Proctor and Hal Coste talk about the history of the club and the upcoming reunion.
Nice waves made for a great reunion