I Predict Waves in Your Future

Nobody had any real idea how waves were created, much less when they were going to arrive. A Gidget character named Lord Gallo, introduced as Malibu's “most educated” surfer, thought big surf was happening more often thanks to “all those H-bomb blasts” in the Pacific.

Tri-fins, car phones, bandeau bikini tops, and high-top sneakers all made Surfing magazine’s “What’s Hot” list for 1986. On the “What’s Not” side: Drugs, localism, and “surfing like Mark Richards.” Hottest of all was a new phone service called Surfline, located in Huntington Beach. For 55¢ a pop, Southern California could dial up a 90-second recorded message on local wave conditions. The voice wa...

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