GEORGE FREETH
1883-1919

 

George Freeth Statue Bust was stolen from the Redondo Beach Pier overlook location.

 


A fixture next to the Redondo Beach Pier since 1977, the bronze sculpture of George Freeth was stolen in the Summer 2008. While some consider such activities as pranks, this bust has historic value as well as a sentimental value to locals and tourists who come to remember and pay tribute to a man who brought surfing to the mainland USA.

 

Sculptor Terry O'Donnell, an El Camino College teacher who died in January 2008, created the bust for the City of Redondo Beach as a way of  honoring the historic figure who popularized surfing both as a sport and a culture in the South Bay but more importantly, as a lifeguard saving 78 lives before his young death from overwork.  Freeth came to California in 1907 at the age of 23.

 

Weighing approx. 100 pounds, the bust was knocked loose from its concrete pedestal in the middle of the night. Body Glove founder Bob Meistrell offered $5,000 for information leading to the return of the George Freeth bust and the arrest and conviction of those responsible for stealing it. While the reward offer holds several conditions, youngsters or young adult pranksters are encouraged to anonymously return the bust, with the main goal of getting it back. Call: Bob Meistrell at Body Glove, 310-374-3441, Ext. 292 or 277, 201 Herondo St., Redondo Beach, CA. bodyglove.com.

 

 

 

 

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