United States Surfing Association

Southern California–based organization, operating from 1961 to 1967; surfing's first nationwide association, launched as an advocacy group to improve the sport's image, then evolving into an administrative body for surf competition.

American surfing in the early '60s was often presented in newspaper and magazine articles as filled with raucous bleach-blond hodads and gremmies; Southern California beach town city councils were passings laws and regulations against boardriding. The mission of ...