A Golden Age: Surfing's Revolutionary 1960's and 1970's




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The most complete book of images by Australian photographer John Witzig, A Golden Age showcases surfing’s formative period from 1965 to 1978.

Chronicling the great creative years in the evolution of surfing, this engaging volume documents the revolutionary changes of the era—in board length, in surf style and technique. Witzig was not only photographing the scene, he was part of it, in a group that included surfers Bob McTavish and George Greenough. His images reflect both that access and that intimacy.

In 1967, Witzig created a firestorm of controversy with a Surfer cover story declaring that a core of young Australian surfers had redefined the sport, as evidenced by his friend Nat Young’s blazing win in the 1966 World Surfing championships. Witzig went on to capture the defining moments of surfing’s most thrilling period—the surfers, the draft-dodging back-to-landers, the radical developments of board design, and, of course, the waves, from Australia to Honolua Bay.

Soulful, poetic, iconoclastic and filled with rare images, this book is a unique look at surfing’s cultural revolution.
  • Hardcover, 208 pages
  • Editor: Richard Olsen, Photographer: John Witzig
  • Contributors include: Mark Cherry, Nick Carroll, Dave Parmenter, Drew Kampion
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