California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties Book

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Cameras & Gear, Cycling, Photographers

Better Not Start Anything……Soaked in surf, sun and adrenaline.

I have been thinking of Sunnier Climes and really enjoying this book. Awesome images of young Americans embracing new symbols of non-conformity: Elvis Presley, Jack Kerouac, Marlon Brando and James Dean. All along the California coast, surfing became popular as heavy balsa-wood boards were replaced with new lightweight ones crafted from polyurethane foam, fiberglass and resin. Climbers descended on Tahquitz Rock in the south and Yosemite Valley to the north to test handcrafted equipment that would set new standards for safety, technique and performance. The photographs in this volume include images of legendary surfers such as Joe Quigg, Tom Zahn, Dale Velzy and Renny Yater, in locations such as Rincon, Malibu, South Bay, Laguna and San Onofre; and famous climbers such as Warren Harding, Royal Robbins and Wayne Merry among others, photographed mostly in the Yosemite Valley by the likes of Bob Swift, Alan Steck, Jerry Gallwas and Frank Hoover.

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