Tuesday, October 01, 2013

 

Encyclopedia of Surfing website is a new resource


by Larry Geller

Hawaii is not neglected in the just-out Encyclopedia of Surfing by Matt Warshaw. Check it out.

…Meanwhile, Hawaiian gold medal swimmer and surfing proponent Duke Kahanamoku—broad-shouldered, perfectly muscled, often photographed stripped to the waist and gleaming wet—might be regarded as the first beefcake pinup: in an advertisement for the 1914 Mid-Pacific Carnival, a smiling Kahanamoku is shown riding for shore atop his redwood surfboard with hips tilted forward, and arms, legs, and chest flexed. Sex has always been an integral part of surf-related marketing, from the surfboard-holding bathing beauty used on the sheet-music cover of "My Waikiki Mermaid" in 1903, to the poster for 1964's Muscle Beach Party.

(hat tip to Research Buzz).



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