television and surfing

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Surfing began turning up with some regularity on both network and locally aired American television in the early and mid-1960s. The Makaha International surfing contest was televised on ABC's Wide World of Sports from 1962 to 1965, and the 1964 Malibu Invitational was shown on Los Angeles–area KHJ-TV. Surfing characters—usually jargon-talking hooligans or outright criminals—were written into top-r...

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