By Andrea Swayne
After four-and-a-half years of work and interviewing well over 100 people, Gerald “Jerry” Derloshon’s biography of ’60s surf icon Dewey Weber, Little Man on Wheels, will debut at the Surfing Heritage Museum, Saturday night.
The Surfing Heritage Foundation is hosting a members’ reception and book signing to celebrate the book release and the opening of a two-month long Dewey Weber exhibit at the museum, 110 Calle Iglesia, in San Clemente.
The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include a panel discussion at 7 p.m., moderated by Derloshon.
The panel will include the likes of Skip Frye, Steve Pezman, Linda Benson, Mike Tabeling, Kemp Aaberg, Lonnie Argabright, Don Craig, as well as Caroline and Shea Weber.
The event is free to members only, but SHF will be accepting membership applications on site.
Non-members who would like to attend may pay a $15 admission fee at the door.
“The preservation of surf history, the focus of SHF and the work of authors like me who pursue the stories of surfing legends, is a natural fit,” Derloshon said. “For me to be with so many luminaries of surf to explore the life of Dewey Weber is an honor and I am looking forward to it greatly.”
Derloshon’s book will be available for purchase at the signing and he is donating two collectible leather-bound, balsa wood inlaid, signed and numbered first editions of the book—one for the museum’s collection and another to be raffled off that night.
Book sale proceeds will be shared with the Surfing Heritage Foundation, Derloshon said.
For more information, see www.littlemanonwheels.com , www.surfingheritage.org or call 949.388.0313.