Photos from a golden era of surfing

Did you know the TIME magazine website has a LIFE magazine photo archive, and it’s an absolute treasure trove! Wow. We’ve been digging through their archives for surf culture gold, and below are some of our favourite finds. Enjoy.

Surf culture in San Onofre, California, 1950
San Onofre, California, 1950. Source
Sally Field (Gidget), 1965
Actress Sally Field from the TV series, Gidget, 1965. Source
Surf Nazis. Malibu, California, 1961
Surf Nazis. Malibu, California, 1961. Source
Surfer girl in Malibu, California, 1961
Surfer girl in Malibu, California, 1961. Source
Surf culture in Lima, Peru, 1959
Lima, Peru, 1959. Source
San Onofre, California, 1950
San Onofre, California, 1950. Source
North Bay surfing club, Malibu, California, 1961
North Bay surfing club, Malibu, California, 1961. Source
1950s beach fashion
1950s beach fashion. Source
Beach bum in San Onofre, California, 1950
Beach bum in San Onofre, California, 1950. Source
Surf culture in California, 1950
California, 1950. Source

We’re always on the lookout for interesting surf culture nuggets like this. If you see anything, let us know on Instagram or Twitter.

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May 17, 2019

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