Jeff Spicoli: A Surfing Icon

Jeff Spicoli is the protagonist in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, a 1982 high school comedy that defined a generation and is still considered to be one of the funniest teen films ever made. Played by a 22-year-old Sean Penn, the character embodied the surfer stereotype, one associated with a carefree attitude and copious quantities …

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The Shaka: Meaning and History

The Shaka hand gesture is ubiquitous in surfing communities all over the world. Performed by tucking the three middle fingers into the palm, extending the thumb and pinky fingers, and waving back and forth, it’s a way of saying “everything’s okay”, “hang loose”, and “take care”, but it has also been used as a standard …

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The History of the Alaia

The Alaia was an ancient Hawaiian surfboard that had a round nose and a squared tail. Unlike modern surfboards, it didn’t have any fins on the underside of the board and as it was often made from koa wood, it was also quite heavy, averaging between 50 and 100 pounds. The Alaia board was often …

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What Is Surf Music?

As any rock fan can attest, music genres are pretty diverse and confusing. Is it heavy metal or hard rock? Is it Gothic or Glam; Grunge or Punk; Grindcore or Metalcore; Speed or Thrash, and what the hell is Space Metal? But some genres are much more clearly defined, and surf music is one of …

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