Best of 2013: California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties

ARTBOOK | D.A.P.
Dec 13, 2013 10:38PM
Surfing legend Dick Metz's photograph of kindred spirits on the beach at Oak Street, Laguna Beach, in the late 1950s, is reproduced from T Adler's must-have photography collection, California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties. In his introduction, Patagonia's Yvon Chouinard writes, "The fifties were the easy years in California. With full employment from the Korean War, we were enjoying all the fruits of the fossil fuel culture. Gas was a quarter a gallon, used cars could be bought for twenty-five dollars, campgrounds were free, and you could easily live off the excess fat of society. Those of us in the counter cultures of climbing and surfing were as climber Pete Sinclair said, 'the last free Americans.'"
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