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Surf Contest: Photographs by Ron Church Hardcover – January 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: T. Adler Books (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890481505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890481506
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By not a dancing bear on September 16, 2008
I am not an expert in the history of the surfing, nor of vintage photography, but it is difficult not to be mesmerized by the images in this book. It hearkens a now, seemingly impossible, bygone era of classic beach, effortless glamour, which --should it appear today amidst not always tasteful supposed Hawaiian printed nylon board shorts, would be lauded by the most respected sartorialists, and young mavens who scrounge vintage shops and special boutiques for dearly priced retro-style, 50's and 60's inspired swimsuits. Ron Church captures excellent characters here: there are the celebrated contestants of course, their Ann-Margret girls and the throngs of awkward, admiring, adolescents. Most of all, the images in this book stirred in me a kind of nostalgia, a longing for a time before today's unending calamities and cataclysms. Surely our planet suffered its disasters then, but it's easy with a book such as this to imagine the moon incapable of violence, providing sunkissed youths with always reliable steady shores.
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I live in Malibu so the book is an excellent coffee table book. A very attractive hardbound book with a plastic non-slip cover. Mostly pictures of two nostalgic surf contests back in the 60's at Huntington Beach. This book contains lots of pictures of the crowds these contests brought out and shows the enthusiasm people had when surfing was still new to California. It is fascinating looking at the clothes, haircuts, surfboards, no wetsuits, no leashes that this early surfing culture had. Surfing at its infancy had such fervor, it seems everybody was excited about it.

I bought this in Malibu for a lot more than Amazon has it, so know you are getting a deal here on Amazon.
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