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T. Adler Books

California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties

US $40.00

Visually stunning and an incredible American story told in black and white photography, California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties takes place against the backdrop of postwar America: Truman and Eisenhower, the Korean War, the Cold War and the Red Scare; Elvis Presley, Jack Kerouac, Marlon Brando et al. It traces the popularization of surfing along the California coast, as traditional, heavy balsawood boards were replaced with lightweight polyurethane foam, fiberglass, and resin; at the same time, ambitious climbers were developing equipment that would go on to set new technique and safety standards, using their own homemade gear to descend Tahquitz Rock in the south, Yosemite Valley to the north. This volume is packed with images of legendary surfers (Joe Quigg, Tom Zahn, Dale Velzy and Renny Yater) and famous climbers (Warren Harding, Royal Robbins and Wayne Merry among others), their groundbreaking adventures, photographed by legends like Bob Swift, Alan Steck, Jerry Gallwas, and Frank Hoover. 

  • Hardcover
  • 84 pages
  • Width: 10"; Height: 12" Depth: 0.8"