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DANCE CRAZE ’63: THE AUSSIES OUT-STOMPED US ALL

The Stomp was an American-launched dance craze that made it to every rock-loving nation in the world during the early 1960s. It was described as “the world’s easiest dance”—something you could learn in 30 seconds. Also attractive to stomp-happy teens who filled the dance halls was the sheer noise produced by the dance, as dozens...

RENNY YATER TALKS ABOUT THE RANCH (2002)

Renny Yater’s take on the Hollister Ranch and the origins of the Ranch-privileged Santa Barbara Surf Club originally appeared in the Summer 2002 issue of the Surfer’s Journal, as part of much longer feature titled “Loner: California’s Reclusive Trim Master, Reynolds Yater, Tells His Story.” The text below has been slightly edited.  *  *  * ...

“THE GREAT NOSE RIDING CONTEST,” BY TOM MOREY (1994)

“The Great Nose Riding Contest,” by Tom Morey, ran in the Summer 1994 issue of The Surfer’s Journal. This version has been slightly edited. This is a docile little story about a small-time surfing event three decades ago in seldom visited Ventura. The waves were poor and few could even hear announcements over the cheap...

“THE ADVENTURES OF A RANCH ADDICT,” BY RON STONER (1968)

“The Adventures of a Ranch Addict,” by Ron Stoner, ran in the November 1968 issue of SURFER. This version has been slightly edited.  *  *  * This is a story about one of those places that always looks better on the other side of the hill. I’ve been there, and believe me, it is. After...

“THE RANCH REALITY,” SURFER MAGAZINE (1972)

This article by Dick LaRue ran in the July 1972 issue of SURFER. One year earlier, the first Ranch parcels were put on the market. For over a century before that, the Hollister Ranch, with its eight-plus miles of beachfront housing some of the best surf in America, had been privately held and virtually inaccessible...

REMEMBERING SANDY, THE ORIGINAL SURFING DOG

“In the Surf,” Sarah Park, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Oct 10, 1953 It’s a tossup as to whether surfers acquire un-dog-like dogs, or dogs become un-dog-like because they belong to surfers. Take Sandy, who belongs to Scooter Boy. Sandy is a surfing addict. His eyes turn glazy with happiness as he whistles through Queen’s Surf on Scooter...

“THE RANCH,” BY DREW KAMPION (1968)

“The Ranch,” by Drew Kampion, ran in the November 1968 issue of SURFER. This version has been slightly edited.  *  *  * A lone surfer sits in a deep blue slick, watching the sun inch down toward golden hills. A light offshore drifts over the smooth water. Outside a shadow rises in the calm and...

EDITORIAL: “LOCAL TROUBLE” (SURFING MAGAZINE, 1972)

This single-paragraph editorial, by publisher Don Thomas, ran in the February 1972 issue of Surfing magazine. It was preceded, in the same column, by a short piece condemning the behavior of American surfers abroad. This version has been slightly edited.  *  *  *  Closer to home, conflicts are even worse. Every local area has a...

“THE VIBE TRIBE,” by MIKE PURPUS (1972)

Mike Purpus’ short satire piece on localism ran in the February 1972 issue of Surfing magazine. *  *  * It was a crystal-clear morning in late January with a ten-foot swell pumping consistently from the far north. It was closed out in front of my house, so I had to travel. But where could I go?...

“OREGON: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT,” by MIKE PURPUS (1972)

Mike Purpus’ localism-themed article on Seaside, Oregon, ran in the February 1972 issue of Surfing magazine. This version has been lightly edited.   *  *  *  Gary (Goober) Goodrum, Tim Lynch, Paul Mooney, Gary Keating, and myself had been planning a trip to France in September. However, bad reports kept coming in on the inconsistent...

“MAKING ‘FREE RIDE’,” BY JOHN GRISSIM (1982)

John Grissim’s article on Bill Delaney’s Free Ride originally ran as a chapter in Grissim’s 1982 book Pure Stoke. This version has been shortened and slightly edited.  *  *  *  It’s a warm spring California night and the auditorium at San Rafael High is packed with five hundred very noisy, impatient movie-goers aged anywhere from...

“A DIFFERENT ANGLE ON THE RON JON STORY”

John Hughes, Executive Director of the Florida Surf Museum, which is housed in the Cocoa Beach Ron Jon Surf Shop, replied by email to the Ron DiMenna-themed Sunday Joint dated February 20, 2022. The text below has been slightly edited.   *  *  * Ron Dimenna is definitely one of surfing’s more interesting characters. I have...

“SOUTH BAY GIRLS TAKE TO RIDING THE SURF,” LA TIMES (1963)

Doug Maudlin’s feature on the California Coast Girls Surf Club ran in the May 19, 1963, issue of the Los Angeles Times.  *  *  * Although most boys are reluctant to admit it, some girls are good surfers. Proving this isn’t the main goal of the California Coast Girls Surf Club, but the girls are...

“SHE’S CHAMP OF THE SURF,” KIM MCKENZIE PROFILE (1975)

Kay Gilman’s profile of Kim McKenzie ran in the November 18, 1975, edition of the New York Daily News. This version has been slightly edited.  *  *  *  Kim McKenzie is the Australian women’s surfing champion. That’s what she does for fun. How she makes a living is something else. During working hours, the husky...