In the 1960’s my friends and I became surfers. Actually we were only body surfers, but we spent days in Santa Cruz doing our best to look like real surfers. We wore expensive Madras shirts, and blue or white round toed tennis shoes. Blond was in. My brunette friends tried to get “toe head” streaks by sitting in the sun, lemon juice running in their eyes. * Words like gnarly, raunchy, choice, bummed-out, and thongs found their way into our vocabulary.
It may have started with the 1959 movie, Gidget, but it was the music that set off the surf craze. First there was Dick Dale the King of Surf Guitar, but it was the Beach Boys with their lyrics of having fun all summer long that exemplified our lifestyle. Two of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, will preform at the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland at 8 p.m. Sunday the 28th.
Real surfers can be seen at the 2007 Mavericks Surf Contest.
When the perfect big 50-foot waves start to roll in, the call will go out to 24 of the world’s top surfers. They will have only a 24-hours notice to find their way to Mavericks surf spot near Half Moon Bay, California.
Mavericks Surf Contest: Sometime between now and March 31st.
* Surfer Vocabulary
Originally a difficult or large wave (He wiped out on a gnarly wave),later anything big or difficult (The Chemistry test was gnarly.), then later an expletive of approval (That custom paint job is gnarly!)
Raw, Rank, Disgusting
Really cool or bitchin. Example: “That girl with the tight sweater is really choice.”
In the 60’s, thongs were something you wore on your feet.