LB Historical Society features Dick Metz: Pioneer of the Surfing Industry on February 20

On Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Dick Metz returns to speak at The Laguna Beach Historical Society’s event, discussing his adult years in Laguna Beach. Last winter, he gave a wonderful presentation titled “Boyhood Adventures in Laguna Beach.”

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Photo by Doug Miller

Hobie on Forest Avenue

The event will be held at the Susi Q Community Center (upstairs)

at 380 3rd Street. It is a free event (members and non-members), and there is free parking in the Susi Q Parking Structure off of 3rd Street.

Courtesy of Surfing Heritage and Culture Center/Dick Metz Collection

Miramar Beach, Santa Barbara, 1952, Dick Metz waxing Velzy board at his house

Metz was the original owner of Hobie Surf Shops and at one time, owned 22 retail stores in California, Florida and Hawaii. Along with Hobie Surf Shop in Laguna Beach on Forest Avenue, he owned two other stores in Laguna Beach and Spigot Liquor.

Courtesy of Surfing Heritage and Culture Center/Dick Metz Collection

Laguna Beach, 1954, Dick Metz and Balsa Matt Kevlin surfboard

How does a busy person like this also make time for lifelong friendships, world travel and surfing? Come join the Laguna Beach Historical Society to hear Metz relay those areas of his amazing life. With a curious, sharp mind and a great sense of humor, Metz is a wonderful storyteller with a fascinating life who has been a big contributor in shaping business and surf industry culture in Laguna Beach and beyond.

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