John Elwell at Wind n’ Sea Shack, La Jolla, CA


John Elwell holding his 10’6 Simmons’ board at the Windansea shack. Don Oakey’s in foreground & two 6’0’s/Patterson Bros.? & in back/Carl Eckstrom’s? I thought this would be a good picture showing what was going on in 1952 with shapes of boards. [Read more…]

John Elwell and Tom Carlin, Sunset Cliffs, San Diego CA

Tom Carlin, John Elwell at Sunset Cliffs with Car

John Elwell and Tom Carlin at Sunset Cliffs 1949, a friend took the picture with my camera. The car is 1931 Ford Model A four door sedan. The boards are a hollowed out red wood plank and a reshaped plank by Simmons on top. A good comparison between the old planks and Simmons’ light displacement boards.

[Read more…]

John Elwell, San Diego County Lifeguard at Cardiff By The Sea with his 1932 Ford Phaeton, year 1952


In the rear “Tub” of my 1932 Ford Phaeton I kept my diving gear a French Arbelette spear, my fins and mask and sleeping bag. The surfboard is a custom made Simmons board. These were good, fine days of freedom and not many people on the beach and highways—days of Watermen who dove for food, swam, paddleboarded, surfed and who were always stoked to see each other, no matter where you came from.

[Read more…]