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“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...

“GARY ELKERTON,” PROFILE BY JOHN ELLIS (TRACKS, 1985)

This profile ran in the December 1985 issue of Tracks. The version here has been slightly edited.  *  *  *  Gary Elkerton has been a very visible figure in Australian surfing for a few years. When you think of the publicity he’s received over the last three years it’s surprising he’s only been a professional...

LONG READ: RON DIMENNA PROFILE, ORLANDO SENTINEL (1987)

“The Incredible Ron Jon Story! Thrill, Chills, Millionaires! Successful Surf Shop! Buckets of Money! Respect! Fantastic Fabulous Hidaway in the Wilds! Fierce Dobermans, Curious Rheas, Pet Pigs and Peacocks! Mystery, Intrigue, Incredible Rumors, Bizarre Truths! A Guaranteed Dynamite Tale!” by John McAleenan, ran in the July 25, 1987, issue of the Orlando Sentinel’s Florida Magazine....

ELKERTON OR HO, SUNSET BEACH: “WHO’S THE BEST?” (1992)

This sidebar article by Bruce Jenkins was part of a larger feature, also by Jenkins, titled “The Show: Sunset Beach—Welcome to the Big Leagues, Kid,” which ran in the February 1992 issue of SURFER.   *  *  *  Determining the best surfer at Sunset—right now, as we speak—proved to be a maddening task. Mark Foo captured...

“SUNSET BEACH,” BY BUZZY TRENT (1964)

Buzzy Trent’s article on Sunset Beach ran in the November 1964 issue of Petersen’s Surfing magazine. This version has been slightly edited and shortened.  *  *  *  Sunset Beach is like a fickle gal. Sweet and light one moment, wild and uncontrollable the next. She can change from a six-foot hot dogger to a rip-roaring...

SURF LESSON, FROM “THE YOUNG SPORTSMAN’S GUIDE TO SURFING” (1965)

The Young Sportsman’s Guide series was published by Thomas Nelson and Sons, in New York, during the early- and mid-’60s. Alphabetically, the book titles range from The Young Sportsman’s Guide to Archery to The Young Sportsman’s Guide to Wrestling; other featured sports include all the obvious ones—baseball, soccer, tennis, etc— but also a few obscure choices,...

“PROJECT AVALANCHE,” BY DREW KAMPION (1980)

Drew Kampion’s “Project Avalance” feature ran in the November 1980 issue of Surfing magazine. This version has been slightly edited. *  *  * SYNOPSIS On January 1, 1980, a manned canoe launched into two of the largest breaking waves ever ridden. Fortunately, photographers were present to record this incredible event. More fortunately still, everyone survived....

SURF GUIDE’S “FIRST ANNUAL BUYER’S GUIDE” (1964)

This article ran in the September 1964 issue of Surf Guide magazine. It has been edited and shortened. To get a better look at the guide pages, below, drag each image from EOS to your desktop. *  *  * The Buyers’ Guide was designed as a service both to the surfboard industry and to the...

“SHOP TALK,” BY SAM GEORGE (1989)

This article ran in the December 1989 issue of Surfing magazine. *  *  * I used to think that if I died and went to heaven, it would look like a surf shop. And I’m sure I wasn’t alone; surf shops have been hallowed ground since 1951, when irate city fathers rooted Dale Velzy out...

JOAN DIDION REVIEWS “RIDE THE WILD SURF” FOR VOGUE (1964)

Joan Didion’s short review of Ride the Wild Surf ran in the November 1, 1964, issue of Vogue.  *  *  * I have recently fallen under the spell of teen surfing movies, an enthusiasm I should probably try to pass off as sociological. In fact, they amuse me. Of the current crop, I am pleased...

“BODYSURFING THE PIPELINE,” CANDY CALHOUN, SURF GUIDE (1964)

This article originally ran in the July 1964 issue of Surf Guide. This version has been slightly edited. Candy Calhoun won the 1963 West Coast Surfing Surfing Championships and placed 3rd in the 1965 World Championships. In August 1962, Calhoun and Nancy Corfman became the first two women to bodysurf the Wedge.   *  *  * ...