American Graffiti @ 40: ‘…a final farewell to childhood dreams before reality steps in’

Saluting AMERICAN GRAFFITI on its 40th anniversary, we offer a view from the younger generation in the form of Australian THOMAS CALDWELL's smart take on the 1973 classic coming of age story.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Surf in Verse, 2019 Edition

Our HERE COMES SUMMER celebration continues with the perennially popular SURF IN VERSE feature. Five surfing-inspired poems written by surfers (three of them females) are enhanced by classic surf music courtesy THE BEL AIRS and...
by David McGee
 

 

 

In Trim: Bruce Brown’s Endless Epic

Writing for the defunct Longboard magazine in 2005, PAUL HOLMES captured the entire epic saga of the making of BRUCE BROWN's THE ENDLESS SUMMER, the greatest surfing film of them all.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Surf in Verse (2015 Edition)

Poets extol surfing's physical and metaphysical joys. 'Illustrated' with surf classics by JACK NITZSCHE, THE MARKETTS, THE TORQUAYS, THE NEW DIMENSIONS & THE SHADOWS
by David McGee
 

 

 

Surf in Verse (2017 Edition)

Our annual roundup of poetry inspired by the surfing experience and largely written by surfers. The spirituality of the natural world comes alive in verse. With musical interludes to boot.
by David McGee
 

 
 

My Summer Romance (2015 edition)

Four stories of seasonal love, with music provided by JOHNNY RIVERS, GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS, PERCY FAITH and words of love by SHAKESPEARE
by David McGee
 

 

 

My Summer Romance

Our annual MY SUMMER ROMANCE feature spotlights four true first-person tales of love capturing unassuming hearts during the summer months (and sometimes beyond) in Hawaii.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Surf in Verse: Summer’s Last Ride

One last ride on the big waves, in verse, with a soundtrack featuring THE ASTRONAUTS, THE BEACH BOYS, THE G-MEN, THE CHANTAYS and vintage surfing footage by DR. DON JAMES. Plus the earliest known surfing poem, from 1911.
by David McGee
 

 

 

A Royal Sport

In 1907 JACK LONDON sailed to Hawaii in his ketch The Snark. His enthusiastic report on surfing, 'A ROYAL SPORT, rekindled interest in riding the waves in surfing's birthplace and launchied its modern era. Read it here.
by David McGee
 

 
 

My Summer Romance: Laughter, Tears & Tenderness

MY SUMMER ROMANCE: LAUGHTER, TEARS & TENDERNESS in three stories and a poem about summer loves. Music by MEL CARTER, SPANKY & OUR GANG, et al.
by David McGee
 

 

 
 

Summer Song

An offbeat playlist for season's end featuring THE DAKOTAS, THE DEL VIKINGS, THE CRESTS, THE PHAROS and THE SPOTNIKS. Surf's Up!
by David McGee
 

 
 

Where the Gremmies and the Ho-Dads Never Go

WHERE THE GREMMIES AND THE HO-DADS NEVER GO: Riding a wave of surf music obscurities by THE PHAROS, THE DAKOTAS, THE SURF LORDS, THE FATHOMS, HAWAII SAMURAI and more.
by David McGee