Attention: SF Surfers

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by Dawnpatrol, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. Dawnpatrol

    Dawnpatrol Well-Known Member

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    Just downloaded and viewed a new video: The Great Highway; Journey to the Soul of Surfing, a documentary of surfing history around Ocean Beach. It's an interesting history of the SF surf scene from the 40's through the present. Having been born and raised on Ortega Street, several blocks up from OB, the dad introduced me to surfing at Kelly's in the 50's. Much too young to appreciate surfing but a journey down to HMB and easier less harsh conditions got me hooked. Here's a link to the website: https://www.greathighwaymovie.com/

    It was good to see that some of the characters I knew back then are still around!
     
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  2. Surfnfish

    Surfnfish Well-Known Member

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    First surfed Kelly's in 62', cut-off jeans on a Duke K popout, and surfed a bunch with that crew I moved to Oregon in 06'...characters is an understatement for some of them...
     
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  3. hankster

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    I've been surfing OB for over 30 years, the last few on a sweet Campbell Bros Bonzer gun bought from Surfnfish. My late dad used to surf Kelly's in the 50s on surf mats using homemade wetsuits from a pattern listed in Popular Mechanics made out of inner tubes and contact cement. Needless to say, I need to check out this movie.
     
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  4. Surfnfish

    Surfnfish Well-Known Member

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    Yo Hankster, you're the guy I shipped that custom Bonzer to via Amtrak? That is way cool about your Pop..

    Yea, lotta bro's in the vid..wouldn't have wanted to grow up and live in any other place or time..
     
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  5. hankster

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    Yes sir, the 7' 10" Five Fin sees plenty of use every season. You were blessed to have grown up during that era. Heck, the mid 80's to mid 90's drought years were pretty darn sweet too. Nowadays The Beach is crowded, although legitimate 8' days tend to thin things out a bit.
     
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  6. Surfnfish

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    Stoked you're digging the board..Malcom told me actually shaped it 2x, wasn't happy with the first one..

    that mid 80's to 90's period as good a run of fall and winter surf at OB as I ever saw..

    a buddy up here who does a lot of global surf trips took my advice and spent 10 days last fall at OB, stayed at the my fave the Ocean Park Motel, hit a really good run of OB surf..came back babbling..with way sore arms..lol
     
  7. hankster

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    Yes! This past season was very user friendly. The 7' 10" saw plenty of use as did a couple of 8' guns. None of the real big guns saw any use. Plenty of offshore days in the manageable range. Nothing too heavy for the most part. Your buddy was stoked for sure.
     

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