Publicity still, late '40s
Santa Cruz, 1940s
Pete Peterson, Venice, 1940s
Peter Lawford, Santa Monica, mid-'40s
Before World War II, surfing lived in the reflected light of the tropics, with Duke Kahanamoku’s noble dark-eyed visage shining godlike from on high. Surfers and lifeguards were one and the same (in Australia), or close associates (in America), and the sport in general was lightly spritzed in heroism. After the war, surfing began its long march to the near and far corners of industry and media, an...