Corona del Mar, 1920s
PCH, north of Santa Monica, 1920s
Waikiki, 1929. Photo: Ray Jerome Baker
Bellyboarding in Cornwall, UK, early 1920s
In a 1918 public service photo, Duke Kahanamoku sits on the beach in Waikiki in his woolen two-piece bathing suit, solemnly knitting a sweater to be care-packaged off to American troops on the Western Front. It’s a touching, if discordant image. World War II, a generation later, would inadvertently reshape surfing from top to bottom. But the Great War was as psychologically removed from the world’...