22 April 2014

The Eighties at Echo Beach

From the publisher:

'You won't find Echo Beach on any map. But for a band of surfers from Newport Beach the stretch between 52nd and 56th street was an entire universe of 80s cool. These Day-Glo surfers singlehandedly demolished the laid-back 70s style with a loud blast of Devo and attitude. Out of the water, they wore Aquanet pompadours, Wayfarers, and neon boardshorts. In the water, they ripped up the wave two feet from local photographer Mike Moir's Canon fish eye. The photos he published in the surf magazines ignited a counter culture that grew into the 80s as we know and love them. Echo Beach captures the marriage of surf and fashion that was ground zero of the 80s, when a zebra-striped twin fin surfboard and a hot yellow wet suit was the ticket to happiness.'

1 comment:

Travelfiend said...

Yes! Long flat top haircut, two tone bright blue Rip Curl wetsuit and my prized Rusty Preisendorfer shaped Canyon twin-fin from Canyon's Ocean Beach surf shop allowed me to range the coast from north of Ensenada BC Mexico to Ventura Harbor (Oxnard beaches were a no go area as you remember). Ever see "Blazing Boards" 1 and 2 in coastal theatre? Good blend of music, style and of course surfing. The 80s...