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Documentary on Early San Francisco Surfing Feb 23 in SFO

"More than just three miles of heavy waves on Ocean Beach, the Great Highway is part of the early history of California surfing and beach life. This new documentary covers it all; from the Sutro Baths to the former six million-gallon saltwater Fleishhacker Pool, once lifeguarded by Olympians and big wave legends, to the champions of today. Winner of the 2016 Golden Gate International Ocean Film Festival Award (IOFF). (88 mins)
Mark Gunson, filmmaker and co-producer, and Kristin Howell, co-producer will be in attendance for Q+A."


Laying out mini book for Small Homes, will be 2-1/2" by 3", Slightly larger than our other 2 mini books (of which we've now printed 35,000 copies). Small Homes should be in bookstores in April. Patronize an INDEPENDENT #bookstore!

Livin' On Tulsa Time - Jason Boland

Bikes are Good

From Jon Kalish

Fat Tire Snow Bikes

Mark Hansen, master builder from Grand Marais, Minnesota, trying out a fat tire snow bike. Amazing how these things can ride through #powdersnow.

Professor Irwin Corey, 1914-2017

“If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.”


Photo: ABC Photo Archives, via Getty Images
Obituary by Ron Wertheimer, today's New York Times

Surfing During Paleolithic Times

"…Wanna see our pictures on the cover
Wanna buy five copies for our mothers
Wanna see my smilin face
On the cover of the Rollin Stone"

People of a certain, um, age will remember the song from the early '70s by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.

Well, I finally made it on a cover, 61 (ulp!) years later in the just-out copy of The Surfer's Journal. I was wearing a shorty wetsuit from the Dive 'N Surf shop in La Jolla (pre-O'Neill). You sent them your measurements and they sent you the cut-out pieces and a bottle of Black Magic glue and some tape. You'd glue together pieces, glue tape over seams. Early wetsuits didn't have nylon lining so you'd rub cornstarch on your body so as to be able to slip the suit on. Underneath it I was wearing on old-fashioned wool bathing suit. A 9' Velzy balsa wood board (this was just before foam.)

This was about a 6-8' drop to the water (at Steamer Lane), there was a ledge, and we did this when the tide was right in order to stay dry. We'd wait for a wave to hit the cliff, then jump as the backwash flowed outward.

Before wetsuits there wasn't much of a crowd problem. I remember a foggy morning, 6-8' at the Lane, 4 of us out. Ah, me.