EOS Features

"BOBBY BROWN, THE SURFER TREND-SETTER," BY MIDGET FARRELLY (1967)

Midget Farrelly's tribute to Bobby Brown ran in the August 27, 1967, edition of the Sydney Morning Herald. A week earlier, Brown had been killed in a bar fight not far from his home in Cronulla. This version has been slightly edited and shortened. * * * Australian surfing suffered a great loss this week with the death of Sydney’s 22-year-old Bobby Brown. His name will not be quickly forgotten by...

ORAL HISTORY: THE QUIET, BRILLIANT, TRAGIC BOBBY BROWN

Bobby Brown of Cronulla, a smooth-surfing teenage finalist in the 1964 world titles, was as quiet and unassuming as he was talented. In 1967, just after filming what would be a star turn in Paul Witzig's Hot Generation, Brown was killed in a bar fight. He was 20. The following quotes are from various sources, both print and digital. * * * Bobby was one of the most photogenic surfers in the world...

"THE WISA HAPPENING AT MALIBU," BY KEVIN NAUGHTON (1975)

Kevin Naughton's article about the debut Women's International Surfing Association pro contest at Malibu, with photos by longtime travel partner Craig Peterson, ran in the December 1975 issue of SURFER. This version has been slightly edited and shortened. * * * Craig’s plan was ingenious, maybe even brilliant, but I still felt uneasy. In fact, at first I refused to go along with it. But when he ...

"SEVENTIES PRO GENESIS," BY PATTI PANICCIA - THE ORIGINS OF WOMEN'S PRO SURFING (2003)

This article was published in the Spring 2003 issue of Surfer's Journal. This version has been slightly edited. * * * There’s a photo hanging on my wall that always attracts people’s attention. It’s not a particularly wonderful shot. It’s black and white, and barely in focus, and it’s aged so much over the years that the edges have turned a yellowish-brown. In the photo, I am walking down the be...

ORAL HISTORY: REMEMBERING AUSSIE TEEN-TERROR KEVIN BRENNAN

Kevin Brennan was a tough freckle-faced kid from Bondi Beach who won both the junior and senior divisions of the 1965 New South Wales State Championships. He was just 15. Two years later, filmmaker Paul Witzig captured Brennan and pal Bobby Brown surfing Noosa, and the resulting sequence was a highlight of Witzig's 1967 film Hot Generation. By the turn of the decade, however, Brennan had detached ...

"FAITHLESS LOVER TURNED TO STONE," ANCIENT HAWAIIAN LOVE-GONE-BAD SURFING LEGEND

This surf-themed legend was recounted by Honolulu Star-Bulletin writer Clarice B. Taylor in her "Tales About Hawaii" column on November 26, 1958. This version has been slightly edited. * * * As you travel along Kamehameha Highway on the western end of Oahu Island, you pass Waialee and come to a barren ridge above Paumalu Bay [Sunset Beacy]. There you will see a tourist bureau marker for the Geor...

"BROADS WHO RIDE BOARDS," BY PHIL JARRATT (1977)

Phil Jarratt's feature on women's surfing ran in the June 1977 issue of Tracks. As surf historian Geoff Cater noted on his website surfresearch.com, "While the use of 'Broads' in the article title was even then disparaging, in the same issue the editor [Jarratt] inaugurated a new page for kneeboarders, under the header 'Cripples Corner'." This version has been slightly edited and shortened. * * *...

EXCERPT FROM "HANG DEAD HAWAIIAN STYLE" BY PATRICK MORGAN (1969)

Patrick Morgan was one of several pen names used by durable American-born pulp-fiction novelist George Snyder. Hang Dead Hawaiian Style was the first novel in Morgan's nine-book "Operation Hang Ten series," published from 1969 to 1973, featuring surfer-swinger-undercover CIA agent Bill Cartwright. * * * Jim Dana, head of West Coast Headquarters of Operation Hang Ten, leaned back in his battered ...

HOT SURF PULP! ALL 10 BOOKS FROM "OPERATION HANG TEN"

George Snyder, writing under the name Patrick Morgan, produced his 10-book hardboiled surf-pulp Operation Hang Ten series between 1969 and 1973. Surfer-playboy-spy Bill Cartwright is the Hang Ten headliner. None of the books were reviewed in newspapers or magazines but pop-culture enthusiast Joe Kenney, on his website Glorious Trash, had this to say about the Snyder, Cartwright, and the series in ...

"PULPS AND POT: SURFING PROBLEMS," BY PATRICK MCNULTY (1967)

"Pulps and Pot: Surfing Problems," by Patrick McNulty (above), ran on SURFER's editorial page in the September 1967 issue. McNulty was SURFER's editor from 1965 until 1968 when he was replaced by Drew Kampion. * * * The changing problems facing the sport of surfing are reflected in mail crossing the editor's desk. A few years ago, the letters mostly were concerned with erasing the "gremmie" imag...