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).