Juicy Roots is an ongoing series of stories about surf culture, history, mystery, myth, legend and Lightning Bolt written by Ben – with much input from the people who were there. Stay tuned for our maiden post which is dedicated to Hobie Alter.
A long time ago, in a decade far far away, Ben Marcus ordered a long-sleeved Barry Kanaiaupuni t-shirt from Lightning Bolt in Hawaii. When the shirt came in the mail, he passed out. Marcus feels lucky to have been a surfer in the 1970s, and he spent 10 years working at Surfer Magazine from 1989 to 1998, where he regularly got to pester Gerry Lopez and all his heroes from the 70s. And still does.
This is the first of an ongoing series of stories about Lightning Bolt written by Ben – with much input from the people who were there.