Dick Metz: Pioneer of the surfing industry to speak at Susi Q

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Dick Metz returns to speak for The Laguna Beach Historical Society about his adult years in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Susi Q. Last winter, he gave an excellent presentation titled “Boyhood Adventures in Laguna Beach,” which can be viewed on the society’s YouTube channel, @lagunabeachhistoricalsociety.

Brand new 1954 Ford station wagon. Dick was just out of Army but he had a new Matt Kivlin balsa board and a bottle of Jim Beam. Photo/Laguna Beach Historical Society

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 on Forest Avenue, he owned two other stores in Laguna Beach and Spigot Liquor.

How does a busy person like this also make time for lifelong friendships, world travel and surfing? Come join the 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. The event is free. 

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