EOS Features

"THE OLYMPICS AT LAST," BY GARY FILOSA (1977)

This article was published as a guest editorial in the Summer 1977 issue of Surf magazine. Gary Filosa, a Vermont-raised surf contest promoter and organizer during the 1970s, and president of his self-founded American Surfing Association, is among the sport's most erratic and provocative figures—but his efforts to bring surfing to the attention of Olympic organizers were tireless, and to that end ...

THE LONG WARM-UP: SURFING AND THE OLYMPICS – A PRINT MEDIA TIMELINE

Surfing qualified to became an Olympic sport in 2016, and makes its Olympic Games debut this week. But getting there was a fraught decades-long process. Here is a brief look at some of the ups and downs, starts and stops along the way, as seen in surf magazine excerpts. Follow links, below, to full-text articles. * * * SURFER, September 1964 The superlative organization of the [1964 World Contes...

"BORROWED BOARDS: GREECE," BY LEWIS SAMUELS (2011)

Lewis Samuel's 10-part Borrowed Boards series ran in SURFER in 2011 and 2012. The debut, below, is from the March 2011 issue. * * * The concept was simple. Around the world on one-way tickets, bought one at a time. Luggage limited to a single carry-on. No surfboards. What sounded like a problem was intended to be a solution. I aimed to reframe my relationship with surfing by removing all expecta...

HE'S GOT THE LOOK: GREG NOLL CHARGES LIKE A BULL INTO THE MARKETING GAME

Greg Noll grabbed on to every surfing career opportunity that came his way, with mixed results. On one end there was the actual surfing, where Noll's hulking figure practically defined big-wave riding throughout the 1960s; and Greg Noll Surfboards which, like Noll himself, was big and solid. On the other end, we've got his failed one-off Surfer's Annual magazine, which looked like a middle schoole...

1963 LOS ANGELES SURF FAIR HANDBILL

SURF GUIDE MAGAZINE with KRLA RADIO presents the 1963 LOS ANGELES SURF FAIR DECEMBER 27-28, 11 AM TO 11 PM, SANTA MONICA CIVIC AUDITORIUM, SANTA MONICA EXHIBITS The newest in all lines of surfing equipment from the best Northern and Southern California manufacturers will be on display before the entire surfing world. The manufacturers [will be] unveiling their latest styles, colors, and ideas i...

LOS ANGELES SURF FAIR '62: "THE WORLD'S LARGEST ASSEMBLAGE OF SURFING EQUIPMENT," PLUS THE BEACH BOYS AND A WOODY SHOW!

"Monrovia Students Attend World's Fair of Surfing," by Mary Root and Barbara Sperske, ran in the Monrovia Daily News-Post on January 5, 1963. The Los Angeles Surf Fair, as it was officially called, took place on December 27-28. This text below has been slightly edited and shortened. * * * Many Monrovia High students and those from surrounding areas recently attended the World's Fair of Surfing a...

"SUMPTER'S REAL CRIME IS THAT HE ALWAYS WINS," SYDNEY MORNING-HERALD (1968)

"Surfing and Swipes in Cornwall," by Nicholas Evans, ran in the August 5, 1967, issue of the Sydney Morning Herald. Evans was on location, reporting in from what he described as the Cornish Championships. This version has been slightly edited. * * * "Showing here today, fantastic surf spectacular, A Life in the Sun, featuring British and European Champion Rodney Sumpter,” booms the PA system mou...

"THE DUDE WAS EITHER REALLY SLICK OR REALLY GREASY" - CORKY CARROLL REMEMBERS RODNEY SUMPTER

This text-only article turned up recently in the EOS files, with the header "Remembering Rodney." It was written by Corky Carroll, who thinks it ran in the Orange County Register around 2000, but my newspaperarchive.com search came up empty, so it may have been a different paper. I will update this post if new information comes in. The version below has been slightly edited. * * * The other day ...

"THE WORLD'S MOST UNUSUAL WAVE" - ROD SUMPTER RIDES AND REPORTS ON THE SEVERN BORE, 1968

"The World's Most Unusual Wave," by British surfing champion Rodney Sumpter, ran in the September 1968 issue of SURFER Magazine. This version has been slightly edited * * * The dart game stopped abruptly; a fellow with foam on his mustache stood frozen in the middle of the room holding a half-drained pint of English beer. The pubkeeper had both hands on the bar and was staring at me, mouth open....

DEAN TORRENCE OF JAN AND DEAN: BRIAN WILSON GAVE US "SURF CITY" – "TAKE IT, IT'S YOURS!"

Dean Torrence was the blond falsetto-singing half of Jan and Dean, who hit #1 in the summer of 1963 with "Surf City." The excerpt below is from Torrence's 2016 autobiography Surf City: The Story of Jan and Dean. At this point in the timeline, the pair had been on the music scene for four years—their 1959"Baby Talk" single had gone Top 10—but they were in a rut and looking for something new. Enter ...