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Dazzling Blue #49: The Surf Films of Jack McCoy

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I grew up in an idyllic suburban community on the west end of the San Fernando Valley that I despised. There were many modes of escape, but my favorite was “Australia Night.”

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Dazzling Blue #48: The Power of the Surf Film

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Some years back, I was talking to my friend Jeannie Chesser about her move from Florida to Hawaii in 1970. We were standing in the Ala Moana Bowls parking lot, post surf. The swell was four foot; the sun was golden in both color and feeling. Jeannie told me that her move was inspired by the surf film Five Summer Stories. She has been an Oahu resident for 47 years now. Those waves that called to her in the film, she rides them nearly every day. Her son, the late Todd Chesser, was one of the world’s finest big wave surfers in the ‘90s.

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The Dazzling Blue No. 47: The Surf/Skate Connection

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A couple years ago, the editors at Surfline.com proposed that I write/edit a series about the history of surfing and skateboarding and how these sports overlap and inform each other. I loved this idea. In the early '00s I wrote Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow. Working on this book was like revisiting my personal history: I skated in the mid-‘70s, found surfing not long after, and though I never got deep into snowboarding, I followed it closely, and had a couple of unforgettable experiences sliding down fresh powder in high Colorado. In my research I learned how surfing informed skateboarding and inspired its lines and tricks, and then later, in the early ‘90s, skateboarding returned the favor.

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Dazzling Blue #46: A Pen of All Work

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I first fell in love with Raymond Pettibon’s text/image drawings in the late ‘70s, when he made cover art for Black Flag records. They were witty, irreverent, subversive, pornographic, and highly intellectual, though I didn’t really understand this at the time. To my early teenage mind, they just looked cool.

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The Dazzling Blue #45: Standing Naked

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Many years ago, in what feels like another life, I was a professional surfer. I had sponsors. I got my picture in the mag. I had a healthy- to bursting-at-the-seams-sized ego.

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