A Golden Age: Surfing's Revolutionary 1960s and '70
Surfing’s formative period from 1965 to 1978, as shown through the most complete book of the iconic images of photographer John Witzig. Chronicling the great creative years in the evolution of surfing, the late 1960s and early ’70s, this engaging volume documents the revolutionary changes of the era—in board length, in surf style and technique—through the images of Australian photographer John Witzig. Witzig was not only photographing the scene, he was part of it, a group that included surfers Bob McTavish and George Greenough, and his images reflect both that access and that intimacy. In 1967, he created a firestorm of controversy with a Surfer cover story declaring that a core of young Australian surfers had redefined the sport, as evidenced by his friend Nat Young’s blazing win in the 1966 World Surfing championships. Witzig went on to capture the defining moments—the surfers, the draft-dodging back-to-landers, the radical developments of board design, and, of course, the waves, from Australia to Honolua Bay—of surfing’s most thrilling period. Soulful, poetic, iconoclastic, filled with rare images, this book is a unique look at surfing’s cultural revolution.
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Nothing in my opinion speaks to the ideal of a revival wave better than waves like; Teahupoo and the ferocity of its truck sized lip and the fear it induces, or Cloud break with its contradictory beauty of alluring seductive barrels that break over sharp, unforgiving reef. This revival ideal also applies to Chicama, a hypnagogic wave nestled in the Peruvian dessert.
Flying with boards is always a little nerve racking, but I’m here to outline some information I’ve learned from travelling on various surf trips over the years. This should make it easier for you to decide what surfboards and equipment to bring, and most importantly, how to pack your gear so that it arrives there safely.