Auction features rare 99-year-old Hawaii surfing book

Published On: Apr 16 2013 02:50:20 PM HST

The Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction

HONOLULU -

The theme may be "California Gold," but an upcoming surf auction will feature many items from Hawaii.

One of the rarest is the book, "The Surf Riders of Hawaii."

The book was made in 1914 and was produced by the father of surf photography A.R. Gurrey Jr.

Gurrey moved to Hawaii from California and opened an art gallery.

"He's the first person who dedicated himself to taking pictures of surfers and he's the first person to take water shots," said surfing expert Joel Smith.  "What makes A.R. distinctive isn't just that he took photos of surfers, but that he was a surfer himself.  He understood what was involved in the sport and he understood pleasures and joys of the sport and he captured it much better than anyone had done before."

The book is believed to be the first one exclusively about surfing, and this is one of only six known copies in existence.

The Surfing Heritage Vintage Surf Auction is set for May 11.

Click here to see a video on the book on YouTube.

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