Beautiful from any Angle

Photographer Ron Stoner did for Southern California surf breaks what artist David Hockney did for Southern California swimming pools, and to the same effect: you didn't want to just look at their work, you longed to step inside and become part of it.

Surfers as a rule didn’t trust the media. Hollywood movies, Sports Illustrated articles, Beach Boys singles—these were created by non-surfers, and they almost never got it right. What surfers really craved was in-house news and entertainment. Surf movies were a blast. Surf magazines were even better—or at least more versatile. They could be taken home, studied, collected, and referenced; they offe...

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