Ocean Surfing Photos From the Late 1960’s

I went outside to grab this morning’s paper and the air smelled and felt like the ocean, warm but a bit wet, a “marine layer,” the weather folks call it, and I was reminded of early June mornings in the South Bay, getting up to “go surfing,” and thought I’d pull some old photos, for an ocean surfing post.

We’d sometimes go down to the Redondo Beach pier, a horseshoe shaped pier. The waves were never very good there, but the view from the back of the waves gives a different perspective on the surfers, here one paddling out, the other dropping down.

Also at the Redondo, horseshoe shaped pier, this photo was taken looking south from the north end of the horseshoe.

The last two photos above were both taken looking south from the Manhattan Beach pier.

We peeled the fiberglass off of our longboards, reshaped them into short boards, and re-glassed them in my Dad’s garage on Mariposa.

This is me at El Porto in September of 1969, (riding the board seen on the floor of the garage in above photo, an old Jacobs), the month before reporting for Basic Combat Training at Fort Bliss, in El Paso. Surfing is bliss.

Here I am kicking out at Leo Carrillo, but my board has a different idea. Now I’m going to kick out of the house and go for a walk in this marine air.

For More on Surfing, See Related Posts, Below:

The Sea Far Away

Jerry Lewis at the Paradise

Hemingway surfing and writing

Small Wave Riders 2009 annual surf trip video

John Cage, Cowboy Surf Shop, and Garage Jazz

Albert Camus on the Economic Collapse

Where weather and writing merge


  1. Geannie Newell says:

    Joe – Looking forward to chapter two of your novel. Yes Disneyland is on the agenda, 7/23 – 7/30 with a side trip to Laguna Beach to fulfill a desire my granddaughter has. We will be the vehicle traveling South blowing bubbles out the windows. My retro / vintage Minnie Mouse hat has been dusted off for journey. Plan on recreating some pictures taken 15 years ago with my granddaughter and me with my Minnie hat and include each (old and new) in a photo memory book for her. I will do the same for the grandsons and include pictures of their dad when he visited the park in 4 th grade. I am looking forward to the look on the grandsons faces when they get their first look at the land of fantasy where you can forever be young. Making memories with grandchildren is the best adventure there is.
    Hope all is well for you. When I return to school on 8/2 I will be taking the College Composition class. I will be pleasantly pleased if you are the instructor.


    1. Joe Linker says:

      Awesome! Hope Laguna is nice when you get there. Spent some time there in the mid-70’s. Was just talking to a friend who just got back from a trip down South. They had a great time. I think yr trip sounds great. Looking forward to seeing some pics when you get back. Not sure who has the 8/2, but I’ll be in touch with you then!


  2. Geannie Newell says:

    Earlier times revisited in our memory are such pleasant journeys. I seems that when we revisit someone elses past it reminds us of our own and another journey begins. Thanks for the memory Joe.


    1. Joe Linker says:

      Hey, Geannie…what a cool comment! Once again, thanks for reading. Working on chapter two of the novel, which should be up next week or so. Will let you know. Hope your summer is off to a good start! Will you be going to Dland this yr? Joe


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