Jon LaLanne: Surfing, Fitness, and Life

Jon LaLanne was only 9 years old when he was introduced to surfing. His father, Jack LaLanne, was the fitness superhero.

It all began int the 1970’s.  Jon LaLanne was only 9 years old when he was introduced to surfing by Waikiki surf legend “Rabbit Kekai.” He didnt know it at the time but that introduction would pave the way for everything he accomplished in the surfboard industry.  In 1976 Jon got his first urethane skateboard wheels and skated along side the infamous Dogtown “Z Boys” at Kenter Paul & Revere Jr High.  Jon would skate the infamous toilet bowl and entertain tourists along Hollywood on his skateboard.  While he was around during the birth of the skateboard revolution Jon was always drawn back to the water.

At the end of the 70s until 83 Jon relocated to Malibu to attend Pepperdine.  He quickly became captain of the surfing team and was undefeated in the NSSA for 4 years in a row! It was during this time that Jon worked at the legendary  Zuma Jay’s in Malibu repairing surfboards.  Over the 5 years Jon worked on boards in this shop he was always advancing his skills and learning the physics behind the board designs. Frustrated by the single fin designs Jons surfing style was changed forever when he was introduced to a Steve Li‘s fish and a Mark Richard‘s style twin fin.  When Jon wasn’t in the shop learning he was in the water.

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