“Buttons” Kaluhiokalani: the iconic progressive surfer of the 70s


Montgomery “Buttons” Kaluhiokalani is a surf legend. The boy with the open smile blew the 1970’s with a set of surf lines and maneuvers, which were featured in the timeless surf movie “Many Classic Moments”.

Kaluhiokalani was born on the North Shore, in Hawaii, on March 30th, 1958. He started surfing at Waikiki, when he was seven years old. After experiencing the first waves in a paipo board, Buttons tried the first tricks, as his famous easy switch foot.

His famous African hair was a trademark and surf photographer Jeff Divine captured his iconicfingerpeace sign picture. At 21, he won Sunkist Malibu Pro and surfed the Pipe Masters and the Sunset World Cup. As an amateur surfer, Montgomery Kaluhiokalani has 100 wins in his career.

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach


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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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