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One of my friends Julia, who photographs skaters in addition to pin-up models, shared a couple of really cool articles that give us a peek back into what surfing and skateboarding looked like in the 70s.  The two subcultures thrived in that decade, and it’s interesting to see what has evolved through the years.

The Digital Trends article outlines how film editor Doug Walker got his hands on boxes of discarded negatives from Surfing Magazine and began to piece together the stories behind each photo, which were taken by some of the most well-known surf photographers in the 70s.  He’s compiled them in the book The Lost & Found Collection: Volume one and made a documentary.  Now he’s working on a second volume while continuing to share some of the tales on-line.


Big Honolua Bay by Shirley Rogers (

i-D talks to a photographer from the 70s for their piece on the skate scene.   From 1975-1978, Hugh Holland followed young skateboarders as they traversed the growing competition scene and started getting sponsorships.  The result is a documentary of how the sport was beginning to evolve from a casual hobby of surfers to the Olympics-bound discipline it is today.


By Hugh Holland/ M+B Gallery (

I’m a big fan of honoring our roots, and both articles provided a great link to the past.  It makes me wonder what skateboarding and surfing will look like 40 years from now.  We gotta hang onto our photos so that we can find out in the future.

I found an article on the blog of Cole Giordano, a photographer and skater who was featured in the piece and more recently in Freshly Pressed.  It was about the skateboarding scene in the Hudson Valley and the pros and cons of the sports popularity.  It made me think about my relationship with the sport. You can read the article in the November/December 2011 issue of The Hook.

Despite the title of this post, skateboarding has always been cool to me, and I actually got into as it started to become more popular.  As much as I enjoyed all the action sports broadcasts on TV and the availability of skatewear (I’ve always liked the fashion aesthetic), I miss how it was sort of a secret passion of mine.  While I never hid my love of action sports, I embraced the fact that few people knew about the X Games.  It gave me an opportunity to introduce them to something different.  Now the response is more like, “Oh, you’re into skateboarding.  That’s… unexpected” and the person has already judged you for liking something “extreme”.  I also really hated how the popular girls suddenly found skater guys attractive and how suddenly skater girls had to change their image to be more appealing (read: feminine).

The Hook article reminded me of a piece in the Dallas Observer about how skateboarding has drastically changed throughout the years. I had no idea that Dallas had a skate scene, and it was interesting to learn how skateboarding had gone from an underground sport to a P.E. elective as it relates to my city. It’s a good history lesson for anybody curious about skate culture.

Anybody catch Shaun White on Conan last night? If you missed it, the clip is on the Team Coco site. Conan had some good questions, like whether surfing would be the next sport for Shaun to take up and how did it feel to be in a video game way back before the Wii and PS3. The interview managed to turn into Larry King Live halfway through, as the camera shifted to Conan’s other guest. It wasn’t the most informative of interviews (besides the Winter X Games), but there was a lot of funny light banter.

I feel as though I’ve kind of grown up with him because we’re the same age and I’ve followed Shaun’s career since the beginning (his Winter X debut was the first year I started watching). His hair is a good measure of how long it has been. While he’s pretty recognizable these days with his long red hair, I remember when he was pint-sized and short-haired. I also remembered him saying in a Winter X profile back in the day that he liked building Gundam models (I liked the Gundam series). I wonder if he still has those models.

For those of you who have never seen Shaun White in his early days, check out this video:

Listening to: “Space Cowboy” by Abney Park