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#5 // THE FAB FOUR

If a picture paints a thousand words, then it should be possible to tell the story of this Lightning Bolt ad, circa 1972, in a thousand words or so. According to Sam George: “There were no Lightning Bolt Surfboard ads in the mags until they licensed […]

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#4 // PART 2 – THE SHORTBOARD RESONATIONS

Jock Sutherland described a Pipeline tube as “just like the Pope’s living room,” and Tom Curren described Gerry Lopez as “Like an archer pulling back and letting the arrow fly.” Something about surfing Pipeline makes a surfer eloquent and pithy. Out of the 1960s and […]

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#4 // Part 1 – THE SHORTBOARD REVOLUTION

A Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt Pipeline gun circa 1975. From the collection of John Mazza. The Shortboard Revolution was bubbling through the first half of the 1960s, but at the 1966 World Contest at Ocean Beach, San Diego, David Nuuhiwa put his foot on the nose […]

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#3 // DA BULL AT SECOND REEF PIPELINE

One of the most famous photos ever taken: John Severson’s portrait of Greg Noll wearing his custom-made, M Nii, black and white striped, jailhouse surf trunks and leaning against his 11’ 8” elephant gun. This was November of 1964, a time when the inner reef […]

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#2 // THE EARLY PIPE MAESTROS

Surfing Hollow Days is Bruce Brown’s 1962 surf movie which  begins with a moving image of a big, clean, sunny, hollow, left-breaking wave. The waves peels, closes out a bit and then opens up into a big tube that ejaculates a lot of spit. A […]

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ALOHA AND WELCOME TO JUICY ROOTS by BEN MARCUS

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 […]