Thomas Edward

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Thomas Edward was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin back in 1902. His mother died when he was 11 months old, so his dad left with in the care of relatives in Hibbing, Minnesota.   He finally ended up in Washburn, Wisconsin graduating from Washburn’s St. Louis Catholic School. After graduation, he left Washburn embarking on a nomadic lifestyle.

By 1921, he was living in Santa Monica, California supporting himself as a lifeguard. In 1924, he moved to Hawaii, he would travel from Hawaii to the mainland for the remainder of his life. While in Hawaii he took up surfboarding. In 1936, he set a milestone that still stands. He rode his surfboard for 4,500 feet, the longest recorded surf ride in history.

What you may not know about Thomas Edward “Tom” Blake is that he was the first to construct a hollow surf board with transverse bracing for which he received his first patent. He built the first aluminum “torpedo” rescue buoy. For that invention. he was recognized by the National Surf Life Saving Associations. By 1930, he attached a sail to the surfboard thus creating the modern sport of windsurfing. He built the first waterproof housing for cameras. One other thing, he was the inventor that first applied a fin to a surfboard, thus making them easier to maneuver. He died in 1994.

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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I'm hoping that my nephew enjoys Gary Lynch's book. His path is similar to Tom's.

Mar 17, 2019 04:19 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Being from the midwest, know little about surfing. Now I know more. Enjoy your day!

Mar 17, 2019 04:54 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

His love for the ocean gave him many great inventions for us to enjoy.

Mar 17, 2019 04:58 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And there were two yesterday on Lake Ontario windsurfing, still a little cold for this guy.

Happy St. Patricks Day.

Mar 17, 2019 05:00 AM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

It just shows you if you love something and feel passionate about it.... great things can come from it!

Mar 17, 2019 06:18 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an amazing and creative man. TGerrific read. TY

Mar 17, 2019 07:29 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


There a lot of surf shop around our area, and many, many surfers.  I am sure they are happy riding those  boards.  A

Mar 17, 2019 07:56 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 He was the original hang ten type of guy and I again thank you for sharing his accomplishments with us James Dray 


Happy St. Paddy's day...

Mar 17, 2019 09:05 AM #9
Lauren Williams, CPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

James Dray You are never ever never going to see me on a surfboard, right up there with downhill skiing on my "Nuh uh" list! But I  greatly admire the sport - it requires such astonishing athleticism. So this was a fascinating post for me. Thank you.

Mar 17, 2019 09:18 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The man was born with water signs and fot those who love the ocean he is a legend.

Mar 17, 2019 09:30 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much, James, for sharing this very interesting story.

Mar 17, 2019 09:52 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Mar 17, 2019 09:52 AM #13
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow now that was a guy that made so many people so happy that love to surf for sure.


Mar 17, 2019 09:54 AM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - so I guess he was the first of The Beach Boys.

Mar 17, 2019 11:17 AM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Those that surf owe him a debt of gratitude for his inventions and improvements.

Mar 17, 2019 05:41 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James-Larry did some windsurfing way back when so he will be interested in this. 

Mar 17, 2019 05:54 PM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow he clearly knew how to have fun and live life to the fullest, from Santa Monica to Hawaii... and having fun, Endre

Mar 17, 2019 11:58 PM #18
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Surfing was his life for sure James Dray .

Mar 18, 2019 08:26 AM #19
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi James - he took advantage of his passion to develop an interesting legacy.

Mar 18, 2019 03:10 PM #20
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I am sure he knew how to find nice warm spots.  His fin design is not original. I think the Hawaii natives came from Taiwan 5,200 years ago actually had their rafts with fins and stabilizers.  They did not file the patents with US Patent Office. It was left at Sharks office.

Apr 15, 2019 07:31 AM #21
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