The legendary Surfrider Hotel in Malibu California first opened in the 1950’s and was a perfect little motel for visiting surfers who flocked to the famed long green walls of the legendary right point. Pop culture got its first look at Southern California beach lifestyle with the cult classic film “Gidget.” That movie alone turned the sleepy surf town of Malibu into a world wide draw which also watched the surf crowds explode from a few dozen in 1951 to hundreds or new surfers chasing the dream of Gidget by 1957.
That was just the beginning and the little Surfrider Motel was constantly booked solid for decades until it fell under disrepair and was sold in 2013.
Musician Donavon Frankenreiter Creates A reclaimed teak/Boat Wood Covered Work of Art
There was a time when Donavon Frankenreiter wasn’t the well known musician he is today. He once travelled the world as a professional surfer, hanging with the elite of the sport. He travelled from exotic location to exotic location, surfing the worlds best waves and enjoyed the camaraderie of being on tour with his best friends. His personality lit up any event, party or get-together and soon Frankenreiter and his magnetic personality found himself looking at bigger opportunities in life than the surf.
The name Billabong has become an iconic name within the surfing world. Over their storied 40-year run, they became the leader in the surf-wear industry that pioneered the beach culture & introduced it to the masses. The brand is now as recognizable in Ohio as it is in Hawaii or California. Billabong rose to fame within the surf culture in the 1980’s, releasing classic surf films “Pump” and “Filthy Habits.” These films showcased their influential athletes like Mark Occhilupo and the late Andy Irons.
Billabong features many global showrooms. Locations are in Newport Beach, New York and Honolulu to name a few.