William Finnegan, 1979
Searching for the Perfect Phrase
Dan Duane, 1996. Photo: Robbie McLaran
During the 1990s, the world at large finally came to view surfing as a permanent cultural fixture. No particular moment or event marked this shift. But more or less all at once, newspapers and magazines, novelists and documentary filmmakers, Hollywood studios and New York publishing houses—everybody seemed to realize that riding waves was no longer a novelty or curiosity. On the other hand, what d...