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Bob Bolen The Greek Huntington Beach Surfing Museum

 

Greek surfing museum
huntington beach surfer

Huntington Beach Realty with its Surfing Museum & Store, 322 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648.
 
(714) 960-8541 huntingtonbeachrealty.com
 

 

Bob "The Greek" Bolen is simply awesome. He surfs, he invents products and sells Real Estate as a broker with an office of approximately 15 agents at Huntington Beach Realty in the heart of downtown Huntington Beach.  Bolen is an example of Huntington Beach's awesome creative talent and professionalism personified in local shops and businesses in downtown Huntington Beach.

 

Bob Bolen's Surf Museum was placed as a stop on our Surf Walking Tour map because his shop provides insight into the cultural and business aspects of surfing and surfers.  If Bolen is around when you visit, say hello and ask him about his surfing. He is very friendly and usually will take a few minutes to answer your questions.

 

Look for the building that says "Huntington Beach Realty," to get a free tide table book and take a look at Bolen's Surfing Museum. Creator of Greek Surfboards that many surfers have enjoyed, Bolen also invented the turbofin for surfboards several years ago. He sells them in the museum/office. Included in this museum are collector surfboards, photographs, posters and signage. Tell the office staff or Bolen that you came to look at the shop. They routinely see guests come to view the collection of surfing memorabilia. If you need advice on buying, renting or selling homes in the region, you can get help with that while visiting. The Surfing museum fins exhibit recently featured Bolen's turbofin as part of its exhibit.

 

The origin of Bob Bolen's moniker, The Greek, is reported to come from his grandparents from Kalamata, Greece. Bolen grew up in Southern California's ever so cool OC, graduating from Bolsa Grande High in Garden Grove. The Greek began surfing in 1958 and made surfboards out of his passion for surfing.

 

Bolen learned to surf at Doheny and Huntington Beaches but developed a passion for surfing at Dana Point. While surfing with the likes of Dick Dale and Mickey Munoz, he began building one of the leading companies, Surfboards by The Greek. He opened a shop in Huntington Beach in 1960 and operated the business for 20 years until 1980.

 

Always fascinated with the dynamics of the fin and its relationship to the surfboard, he created, designed and patented the TURBO TUNNELâ„¢ fin. Professional surfer Lance Ho'okano depends on his surfboard's patented "Turbo Tunnel" fin that adds a little whip on his turning and helps to stable out the board in the water to win the edge in competitions. Bolen himself is a fantastic surfer, usually placing in surf competitions and traveling around the globe to surf when time permits.

 

Throughout the years, Bolen has been guided operated with a set of rules that include giving back to the community. Sponsoring Herbie Fletcher and Tiger Espere on boards such as the Eliminator, The Maui Model, the Liquidator and the Pickle, Bob Bolen has continued a tradition and love of the sport of surfing with many contributions through coaching, sponsorships and inventions.

 

Likewise, his concern for the environment has involved him in many situations as advocate for intelligent growth. Issues such as parking, building development and the health of the downtown .