The defining feature of the beavertail jacket was of course the beavertail itself. That piece of rubber dangling so actively, so rudely, from the jacket's back hem was a signature surfer look in the 1960s and early '70s. It was an active choice, that is, to let to dangle. And hang me for fool, but I have no idea why. Part of me looks back and thinks, Button that thing up! Cold water is flushing th...

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