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Walter Hoffman

San Clemente, California, 2005
The Korean War broke out, so I joined the Navy, and had a choice between the UDT in Seoul and Honolulu. I chose Hawaii.

Ben Marcus interviewed Walter Hoffman and Dick Metz about the origins of surf trunks. Hoffman, a pioneering big-wave surfer, was the scion to Hoffman Fabrics, the company that would later supply materials to nearly every surfwear company in America. Metz was a key figure in the Hobie Surfboards empire, and later founded the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center. This interview was recorded in 2005.

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One thing that really interests me is how your exposure to Hawaii transformed Hoffman F...