The Sunday Joint

THE MISSING JOINT, 12-24-2022: GLAD TIDINGS AND PASS THE EGGNOG!

Hey All, We’re going Jointless this Sunday, tomorrow, Christmas Day, but I just wanted to shoot a little something out before signing off for the week. The EOS Fundraiser has just crested $60K, and I expect some showboating latecomers out there will be dropping something into the kitty between now and the New Year, and folks, this means we can keep the lights on in 2023, and start to build the Ar...

SUNDAY JOINT, 12-18-2022: THOUGHT EXPERIMENT – RICHIE COLLINS AND GERRY LOPEZ SHARE A JOINT

Hey All, The 2022 Encyclopedia of Surfing Fundraiser is still ON, as I have shaken many but not all of the trees. It’s been a good week—we’re nudging 50K in donations and new subscriptions. But these next few days will make a big difference for EOS in 2023. Surf history archives do not build themselves, and your contribution goes directly into that massive project, as well as general EOS upkeep a...

SUNDAY JOINT, 12-11-2022: “I OPENED UP MY SUNDAY JOINT AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY FUNDRAISER!”

A letter from Matt Warshaw, Executive Director of Encyclopedia of Surfing. Hello surfers and all lovers of surf culture. The 2022 Encyclopedia of Surfing fundraiser is ON (December 12–21), and if that alone is enough to trigger the philanthropic reflex, click here to donate and here to subscribe or buy a gift sub. Big plans are afoot for EOS in 2023, and we’ll get to that in a moment, but first ...

SUNDAY JOINT, 12-4-2022: WE DESERVE A CARNIVAL!

Hey All, It’s gonna be run-and-gun from now till the end of 2022 here on your favorite nonprofit website weekly newsletter. Holidays, inlaws, fundraisers, snow days, White Lotus—all coming at me like Level Three rocks on Asteroids with no hyperspace button, which means I’ll be Jointing at you with one hand while baking Christmas cookies and lighting Hanukkah candles with the other, and chances ar...

SUNDAY JOINT, 11-27-2022: GOOD, FAST, CHEAP—PICK TWO!

Hey All, Never mind the header, today you get it Fast and Cheap. I just returned from a week in LA and the Joint’s turkey-scented deadline breath is hot upon my neck, so I will try and nudge this thing somewhere close to the outskirts of Good—but no promises. For example: I am looking at the Sunday Joint whiteboard and see a faded orange note that reads “Frampton—Pete Drake—video,” and though I ...

SUNDAY JOINT, 11-20-2022: THAT BURNING SENSATION

Hey All, I moved to San Francisco in 1991 and for two or three years the City flew hither and yon, Tinkerbell-like, across my dull SoCal beach-bro senses. Everything I experienced in SF during this period was at the very least new and different and often borderline magical. I’m not a Grateful Dead fan, but whatever ecstasies the hardcore spinners used to feel during the course of a three-hour Dea...

SUNDAY JOINT, 11-13-2022: GOODBYE AND THANK YOU TO ART BREWER AND KEMP AABERG

Hey All, Photographer Art Brewer and pointbreak stylist Kemp Aaberg both died this week; Brewer on Wednesday, at age 71, from complications following a liver transplant; Aaberg last weekend, at 82, from Parkinson’s. Brewer was, and still is—and probably always will be, given that the profession itself is such a different and arguably reduced medium compared to its pre-digital version—the consens...

SUNDAY JOINT, 11-6-2022: YOU SAY STOP, I SAY GO GO GO

Hey All, A great ending cannot save a bad song, or even add much value to a decent one. But if you can pull off something special at the end of an already-good track, the effect is pure uplift, almost gravity-suspending—there are songs whose endings are so good that I’ll pull the earbuds and ride that Om-pop bliss as far as it will take me. I’m not thinking here so much about the big showy “A Day...

SUNDAY JOINT, 10-30-2022: GREG MACGILLIVRAY AND THE BIRTH OF “COOL”

Hey All, Greg MacGillivray was 14 in 1960, the son of a Corona Beach lifeguard, small and pretty (his older sister was Miss Newport Beach) and absolutely relentless at whatever he put his mind to: paper route, math class, Boy Scouts—or, by 8th grade, making a surf movie. Nobody saw Greg coming. He looked like a kid dressed up for Halloween as a surf movie-maker. He was almost invisible. MacGilli...

SUNDAY JOINT, 10-23-2022: HIP CHECK

Hey All, Surfing is no longer hip, but lack of hipness doesn’t matter. This is the apple-sized conclusion, placed 100 yards downfield, that my arrow of logic was going to smartly pierce at the end of this Joint. But nay. Every time I draw the bowstring my hand wavers. The word “hip” is so wrung out, for starters. What about “cool,” then? Is cool okay? Isn’t cool the same as hip? They are not the ...