The Palm Beach County Surfing History Project

Trustee’s Preserving Surf History

Fred Cowan Salmon

Bio:  born May 10, 1951

Port Jervis, NY

Moved to Singer Island, Fl.  May 1960

Started surfing winter of 1963/64

President and co-founder Sandy Shores Surf Club 67′-70′

Competed in local ESA events in the 80’s

Named as Curator of M.E.Gruber Estate photo archive 2008

Co-founder of Palm Beach County Surfing History Project 2008

Retired flooring contractor

Bill Keeton, CPA

Born December 24, 1952

Moved to Lake Park in 1956

Started surfing spring of 1965 – to present

Competitive swimmer 1957-1970

Current Treasurer, Past President and founding member of Jupiter Noseriders Surf Club 1997- Present

Current Treasurer of The Eastern Surfing Association 2012-Present

Co-founder of Palm Beach County Surfing History Project 2008

Corporate Tax Manager Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC $300m Glass and window manufacturer

President – Keeton Accounting & Tax Services, Inc. 1996 – Present

Children Joshua 12 & Caleb 8

Dr. Scott McCranels

Home – Palm Beach Shores, Florida

Professional Skateboarder 1976-1980

Professional Surfer 1980-1994

ASP World Surfing Tour 1984-1987

East Coast Surfing Championships, Va. Bch. (ECSC) – 1st Place 1987

East Coast Surfing Championships, Va. Bch. (ECSC) – 1st Place 1988

2003 Florida Skateboard Hall of Fame
2010 Inducted into East Coast surfing Hall of Fame

Dentist – 1992

Orthodontist – 1995
Orthodontist in West Palm Beach, Florida

Tom Warnke

Tom began surfing in 1964 while attending Seacrest High School in Delray Beach, Florida.  In 1965 he purchased his first car for $35, a 1951 Ford Woody wagon. Two years later he was recruited by David Reese, Competition Director of the Palm Beach County Surfing Association, as a surfing contest judge.  He then became an announcer for local contests and was paid $25 per day to judge regional contests around Florida.  In 1966 Tom founded the Cripple Creek Surf Club and also wrote a weekly “Surfing News” column for the Delray Beach News Journal and the Boynton Beach Star.  He organized his first contest in 1969 at Boynton Beach, with more than 100 contestants.  After earning his degree at Florida Atlantic University, Tom was hired by the State of Florida as a Juvenile Court Counselor, a position he held for eight years.  Tom worked for 18 years in sales and marketing for Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, sponsoring Kelly Slater other standout surfers.  After surfing in California, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico, Tom became the Eastern Surfing Association’s District Director for the South Florida District in 1974 (Sebastian to Miami).  He served as announcer at numerous East Coast and United States Championship events.  In 2010 he was elected as the first Chairman of the ESA Board of Directors.  2014 was his 40th year as an ESA district director and he was elected to the position of Director Emeritus.  Surfrider Foundation’s first Florida Chapter was founded by Tom in 1997 and he still serves on the chapter’s Executive Committee.  Tom won the ESA Southeast Regional Grand Masters Shortboard title in 2010 at Sebastian Inlet, Florida, and went on to  finish third in the ESA Championships at Cape Hatteras, NC.

Tom enjoys surfing, writing and photography.  He is an activist working to protect our ocean playground and he is proud to be one of the Trustees of the Palm Beach County Surfing History Project.

David J. Mowry

David J. Mowry became a Surfing History Project Trustee in 2014.  He grew up in the Delray Beach, Boynton Beach area, moving there with his parents in 1957.  He started surfing in 1964 on a custom Dewey Weber longboard ordered from the just-opened Juno Surf Shop.  David was one of the original members of the Boynton Beach-based Cripple Creek Surf Club, then attending Palm Beach Junior College and Fairleigh Dickenson University’s Teaneck NJ campus.  He stopped surfing in 1969 when short board designs took over the sport.  He owned and operated Sunrise Sprinkler Company, a state-licensed water well drilling contractor from 1970 to 1976 in southern Palm Beach County.  After selling that company and moving to Houston, Texas, David took a position with KBR Engineering and Construction and worked up to the position of General Superintendent during 1978 to 1987.  In 1987 he took an Account Executive position with Enbee Company, Houston’s oldest and largest Promotional Product Distributor, providing logoed items to fortune 500 companies HP, Exxon, Shell, Sysco, Schlumberger, IBM and Halliburton.  After David purchased a percentage of Enbee Company 1993, the company was sold in 1996 to Staples, Inc.  He stayed on with Staples until retirement in 2012.  Surfing again became a big part of David’s life in 1999 when a friend told him “there really is surf in Galveston”. That same year Mr. Mowry discovered a pair of surf spots named The Ranch and Saliditio’s in Ixtapa, Mexico and has returned there frequently enough over the past sixteen years to become a local fixture in the lineup.  Keeping a residence in Jupiter, Florida as well as Kemah, Texas, David has been married “forever, to the best lady on the planet”.  The Mowry’s have five successful adult children.  Many times each year, David Mowry can be found in the lineup at The Ranch or Saliditio’s, surfing with his friend Leon Perez and family.

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