EOS Features

"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 ...

CIVIC-MINDED: HOW THE CIVIC AUDITORIUM HELPED MAKE SANTA MONICA A FIRST-RATE SURF TOWN

Wave-wise, Santa Monica is not even in the conversation as a great surfing town. You can scrape together a decent surf life here, but only by commuting up or down the coast. I learned to surf in Santa Monica at age nine, and by 10 I'd already learned to call Bay Street "Bay Slop." Zero local pride, except maybe for the Cove, but that's another story. Nobody lives in Santa Monica to surf Santa Mon...

OUTER BANKS '69: "IT'S ABOUT TIME ONE OF THE EAST'S FINEST SPOTS GETS RECOGNIZED"

"Immersion in Desolation," by photographer Bruce Walker, ran in January 1970 issue of Surfing magazine; it is likely the first article ever published on wave-riding on the Outer Banks. This version has been shortened and edited. * * * North Carolina's Outer Banks have been the scene of quite a bit of United States history. Sir Walter Raleigh’s famous "Lost Colony” was settled in the northern are...

“CONTEST MORNING,” BY MARK MARTINSON

Mark Martinson’s one-day travelogue ran in the May 1969 issue of SURFER. This version has been slightly edited and shortened. * * * Four-thirty Saturday morning. Brrring! Wham! Uhhh . . . oh yeah, surfing contest. The Big Ben alarm clock does the job. Better get a little stimuli going. Some hot tea should do it. Let’s see. Contest at Oceanside. Hmmm. Not too far. Eighty miles. Probably could ma...

BRAD BARRETT PRESENTS THE 1969 MALIBU AAAA

At the end of 1967, the United States Surfing Association split into four separate entities, one for the West Coast (Western Surfing Association, or WSA), the East Coast (ESA), the Gulf Coast (GSA), and Hawaii (HSA). Contests for each association were further split into four divisions, starting with A for entry-level competitors, then AA for those who had won at the A level, then AAA. At the top w...

1921: LIFE-SIZED DAVID KAHANAMOKU STATUE "SHOWS TO EXCELLENT ADVANTAGE THE SPLENDID DEVELOPMENT OF THE UPPER BODY THAT RESULTS FROM CONSTANT SURF-RIDING”

This article ran in Honolulu Star-Bulletin on July 11, 1921, under the headline "Racial Exhibit to be Sent to Eugenics Meet: Life-Size Statue of David Kahanamoku to be Displayed in New York." The event was the Second International Eugenics Congress, held at the American Museum of Natural History. The eugenics movement began in the 1880s and was based on the idea that humans should be bred for qua...

BEAUCOUP KAHANAMOKU: STEP ASIDE DUKE, AND LET'S MEET BROTHERS DAVID, BILL, SAM, LOUIS, AND SARGE

Reformed (more or less) North Carolina moonshiner Junior Johnson is the perfect launching-pad figure for the thing he represents, which is stock-car racing. Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe, Clara Bow, Chuck Berry—all of them, same thing, very hand-in-glove to their respective fields. But no activity of any kind has an origin-story legend so immaculately tailored to its source as Duke Kahanamoku is to surfin...

"SAM KAHANAMOKU IS AWARDED THE CROWN," HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN (1923)

This article by Mike Jay ran in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on April 21, 1923. The subhead reads: "Dad Center Should Know, and He Says Sam Is Better Than His Brother Duke Kahanamoku." This version has been slightly edited. * * * The question of the greatest surf rider in Hawaii will always be a debatable one. Oh, very! So a quiet survey was undertaken and the matter was brought up casually here a...