Surf industry pioneer Dick Metz to share stories, memories


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.

Dick Metz, just out of Army, stands with his brand new 1954 Ford station wagon, a new Matt Kivlin balsa board, and a bottle of Jim Beam. Photo courtesy of Dick Metz

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.

Come join the historical society to hear Metz tell stories about his incredible 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 significant contributor in shaping business and surf industry culture in Laguna Beach and beyond. The event is free. 

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  1. It was Standing Room Only on a “wet & miserable night”. What an amazing evening listening to Dick Metz speak at the SUZI Q!

    Dick Metz is a living Laguna Beach Treasure. What a fabulous story teller, speaker, and historian of Laguna.

    I can only say next time start earlier so we can be entertained and enlightened by a great raconteur of Laguna’s not only Surf History, but Laguna Beach History in general.

    Thanks Dick!, I and many others are looking forward to Your next installment!


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