Jackie Baxter "2009 Local Hero"

A fearless Huntington Beach local


PHOTO: Duke Boyd ad featuring Jackie

A fearless regular footer from Huntington Beach, Jackie earned his reputation by tackling Pipeline and Sunset Beach in the late '60s. Baxter grew up in Venice in the '50s. By age 12 he was hitchhiking for rides to Malibu with his "wood" Velzy or Jacobs surfboards in hand. By the mid '60s Jackie was riding for Dewey Weber and, in 1967, Sonny Vardeman introduced a Jackie Baxter Model-the same year he moved to Hawaii. In 1971, he was an invitee to the prestigious 1971 Duke Kahanamoku Classic. His son Josh is a world class longboarder.


PHOTO: Jackie Baxter model laminate
1966  Bruce Jones and Jackie Baxter shaping the Jackie Baxter Model at Vardeman Surfboards on PCH in Huntington Beach, across the street from the pier..   Photo taken with a 2 1/4 Zeiss Super Iconta B, Pre-WWII German camera.
Bruce Jones and Jackie Baxter
PHOTO: 1966 Bruce Jones and Jackie Baxter shaping the Jackie Baxter Model at Vardeman Surfboards on PCH in Huntington Beach, across the street from the pier. Photo taken with a 2 1/4 Zeiss Super Iconta B, Pre-WWII German camera. Photo courtesy of Leo Hetzel.