DEWEY WEBER LONGBOARD CLASSIC
Currently, we are not running the Dewey Weber Longboard Classic. Hopefully we will be able to bring it back next year. Thanks to everyone that has participated in past events
2nd ANNUAL DWLC
ORIGINAL CONTEST POSTER
A bit of history about The Dewey Weber Longboard Classic: The late 1950’s found Dewey Weber christened the first “hot-dogger” of surfing and one of the world’s best surfers. Dewey began manufacturing surfboards in the early 60’s and became one of the largest surfboard manufacturers. Since longboards were the only boards known in the surfing world, Dewey’s designs and surfing style were in high demand. This “little man on wheels”, with his flamboyant style, had such an impact on surfing that Surfing Magazine proclaimed him the “father of modern surfing”. Dewey’s surfing style was an impetus to the shorter and lighter boards now seen in the short board market. His manufacturing designs pushed the envelope of surfboard design. In the late 1960’s short boards were becoming the “in thing” with the younger crowd and long boarding took a back seat.
In 1981, a growing number of people once again began ordering longboards and because of his passion for the longboard style and attitude, Dewey decided to reunite the top competitive surfers from the heyday of longboard surfing. These surfers from the mid-1960’s were invited to take a trip down memory lane with a fun day of competition at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Hundreds and hundreds of surfers and observers showed up that day in May of 1981. Dewey’s vision of a “surf reunion” was a thunderous success and helped open the door to the resurgence of longboard surfing.
Over the next five years, the Dewey Weber Longboard Classic became a premier event, attracting major sponsors and media coverage. This event was covered on live television by the major network news stations in LA. In 1982, PM magazine San Diego did a piece for their local viewers and found it so successful they syndicated it for nationwide viewing. By the second year of the event, a full press contingent gathered on the beach which included publications as notable as People Magazine. The event continued annually through 1986 until many constraints were put on this type of venue. The Dewey Weber Longboard Classic was shelved and resurrected in 2001. Five years of contest brings us to the 2006 Dewey Weber Longboard Classic.