Legends: Then and Now
|Charlie "C.B." Baldwin shreds
his way to win the East Coast Surfing Championships
in 1971. He went on to ride for the Creation
team and designed the infamous "C.B.
Model." In 1972 he turned professional
as sponsorship offers came in from major
California surfboard manufactures. C.B.
went on to ride for David Nuhiwa (Dyno)
Surfboards in California. In 1998, C.B.
returned to the amateur ranks and won the
U.S. Championship. He is the founder of "Inlet
Charlie's" surf shop in New Smyrna
Beach, Florida, the manufacturer of C.B.
Surfboards - one of the East Coast's most
respected boards. In January 2000, C.B.
was inducted into the East Coast Surfing "Hall
Owens on the cover of Surfer Mag.
of the 1971 "Smyrna Surf Session" featured are
O.C. Guest, Bob "B.K." Keeth, "Wild Man" Coleman,
the legendary Bobby Owens AKA: "Mr Sunset" and
Charlie "C.B." Baldwin, former U.S. and East
Coast Surfing Champion.
Owens at Haleiwa, 2008.
Owens: (pictured above/left in red circle)
At only 13 years old, this surfing prodigy took top
honors at the 1971 Smyrna Surf Session sponsored
by Creation Surfboards. In a "sudden death" surf
out, Bobby defeated all of the contenders comprised
of the first place winners of the Men's, Junior Men's,
and Women's surfing divisions. Bobby was awarded
the top trophy and a new Creation Surfboard. For
time he surfed for the Creation team and won the
East Coast Championships in 1972. Four years later,
pro. His family moved to Hawaii where Bobby quickly
became an international surfing champion. He placed
in the top 16 four times between 1976 and 1982 when
he finished 10th in the world. He gained sponsorship
from various surf companies, competing for seven
years on the world tour, riding against the world's
guys like Mark Richards, Rabbit Bartholemew, Shaun
Thomson, Michael Ho and Peter Townend. He is renown
as a master surfer and highly respected at Sunset
Beach on Hawaii's North Shore.
Bobby Owens 2004.
Jack "Ono" Reilly,
Oxnard, CA 2004
Ventura Point, CA 2003
VIDEO: Ono - Puerto Rico 1969
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Reilly: "Capt. Ono" the
founder of Creation Surfboards, moved to California
in1978. For a short time he worked for CON surfboards
in Venice, CA as shaper - pinstriper - airbrush artist.
In 1979 He established himself as an
artist in the Los Angeles art scene. His paintings are exhibited in museums
and galleries and are in inincluded in major art collections
nationwide. An experienced "Zen Surfer" Ono
is regularly spotted surfing the breaks in Ventura
County, where it is rumored he now resides. Ono still
makes CREATION boards on an extremely limited basis,
primarily for his own use and occasionally for a surf
bro. He is also a Professor of Art and Chair of the
Art Department at California State University Channel Islands. He teaches courses
in painting and in the Zen
unique member of the former Creation crew and New Smyrna
Beach "Soul Surfers" is Mike Martin,
the first glasser for the Creation factory in New Smyrna
Beach, FL. He is the former head judge for the Association
of Surfing Professionals, surfing's international competition
governing body. Mike has judged contests in Australia,
South Africa, Hawaii, Brazil, and France. He also works
as a free-lance graphic artist.
January 2000, Creation surfing legends Capt. Ono, B.K.,
and Big Jim reunited while B.K. and Big Jim Morris
were on a whirlwind tour of the So. California surfing
scene. The the traveling twosome joined forces with Ono
in a memorable west coast "expression session" as
they surfed 'till sundown on the well groomed breaks of
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