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Surf Clothing And Surfing Accessories Then And Now

By Will Jones

In the fifties, surfing was almost unknown by the general community. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, everybody wanted to go surfing or at least have an association with the lifestyle. Suddenly, a new style of surf clothing began to be seen, even in midwestern states far from the waves. What happened?

Contrary to popular belief, it was not the Beach Boys who first brought surfing into the limelight. It was the little-known true story of a surfer girl by the name of “Gidget” that started it all. The book, written by her father, was published in 1957. The film rights were sold and in 1959, a movie by the same name was released.

Starring superstars Sandra Dee, James Darren and Cliff Robertson, the movie featured handsome young athletes, bikini-clad girls, lots of action and a hit soundtrack. It was all about the Malibu surfing community and made surfing look like what most surfers would agree it really is – the ultimate lifestyle.

Other movies were made and before long, groups like Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys started producing hit singles. Interestingly, real surfers hated those movies and the “surf music, ” because they liked having the waves to themselves. They preferred listening to the guitar music of the Ventures and Dick Dale and the Deltones. They would listen to driving instrumental songs like “Walk, Don’t Run” and “Perfidia” to get themselves psyched before going surfing.

Nothing could stop the rising popularity of surfing, though. By the early sixties, surfing was a fad. Those who were lucky enough to live within driving distance of the beach were learning to surf. Those who were not so lucky started wearing surf fashion.

Other than bikinis, Hawaiian shirts and men’s surfing trunks, there really was nothing to define surf wear in those days. Surfwear evolved over a number of years and eventually, many surf-clothing brands emerged, some of which are among the giants in the clothing industry today.

Surfwear is not just for surfers anymore. You can find it in the most far-flung corners of the world. From the limited apparel of the sixties, the range of surfing related clothing and accessories has grown to include all kinds of men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and even watches and jewelry. Today, you can be dressed for any occasion in surfing brands and styles.

Surfing and surf clothing have entered the mainstream and are no longer on the fringes. The best surfers in the world make millions of dollars and the big surfwear companies compete for their sponsorship dollars. You can’t help but wonder what Gidget thinks about all the changes.

Locate wonderful prices on surf clothes by heading online. There you will find the many choices for surf clothing that you have to choose between. Head online now.

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Jones, Will "Surf Clothing And Surfing Accessories Then And Now." Surf Clothing And Surfing Accessories Then And Now. 12 Jul. 2010. 18 Aug 2014 <>.

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