A Golden Age: Surfing's Revolutionary 1960s and '70s

A Golden Age: Surfing's Revolutionary 1960s and '70s


By (author) John Witzig

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  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 226mm x 282mm x 28mm | 1,293g
  • Publication date: 22 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0847838285
  • ISBN 13: 9780847838288
  • Illustrations note: 190 Colour and Black and White Photographs
  • Sales rank: 102,538

Product description

Chronicling the great creative years in the evolution of surfing, the late 1960s and early '70s, 'A Golden Age' documents the revolutionary changes of the era - in board length, in surf style and technique - through the images of Australian photographer John Witzig. Witzig was not only photographing the scene, he was part of it, a group that included surfers Bob McTavish and George Greenough, and his images reflect both that access and that intimacy.

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Author information

John Witzig contributed his first article to Surfing World Magazine in 1963. He edited Surf International and in 1970 co-founded Tracks, a journalistic Australian surfing magazine called the "hippest youth culture magazine being published in the world at the time." Mark Cherry (1950-2010) was an Australian writer on surfing and popular culture. Nick Carroll is a surf journalist. Dave Parmenter is a shaper and former professional surfer. Drew Kampion is the author of several books on surfing, including Stoked! A History of Surf Culture. Steve Pezman is the publisher of The Surfer's Journal.

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"John Witzig's collection of images from the most dramatic transitional era in modern surfing is certainly one of the finest. Grainy, mystical, surf-stoked, attitudinally revealing, delivering a variety of intimate views into all aspects of what was happening then, a movement that freed waveriding to be more sensory than it had been before. Simply stated, well reproduced, with accompanying swatches of relevant text from Drew Kampion, Nick Carroll, and Dave Parmenter, with an intro by Aussie pop culture scribe Mark Cherry. For collectors or historians of surfing, this one is an important addition to your library." "Surfer's Journal ""If you're a surf head, this is going to definitely be a book to pick up." "DoobyBrain.com ."."the book documents a turning point in the history of the sport, both in and out of the water. The photos feel dusty. Lazy. Refreshingly simple. And the more you linger over the images, the more history becomes a feeling -a sea change caught on film." " the Wall Street Journal ""Witzig captured the seminal images of a tumultuous era because he knew then that the men and moments that he photographed were the archetypes of a true revolution....a treasure trove of rare and poignant imagery in and around the Surfboard Revolution...figuratively straddling the line between Then and Now. Without Witzig's images, the most important epoch in surfing might well have been lost in whimsical narratives..."A Golden Age" feels nothing like a coffee table garnish, but instead required reading."" Surfline.com ""Witzig helped plant the seeds for today's surf culture. His writing and photography provided firsthand documentation of the single most important development in the history of the sport: a shift from unwieldy long boards to lightweight and highly maneuverable short boards. At times, pro surfing seems to resemble motocross more than anything in Witzig's book. But "A Golden Age" is intended as more than another congratulatory traw