VINTAGE GANGS ON CALI COASTS
Years pass, generations and trends change, sometimes finish, but the spirit and habits remain forever. This is the case for the “gangs” of surfers that have animated and still animate the California coasts, which remain one of the cult places for surfing worldwide.
A real lifestyle that is distinguished by a unique way to face existence day by day with a touch of style that has always distinguished itself.
Surfing practice has more than two hundred years of life, but it is in the last century that it evolves to be something that involves the whole person and determines a certain attitude.
The main reference point for most passionate surfers in the word is the California coast from San Diego to San Francisco.
By the chilometres of coast which constitutes the surfers’ paradise and where real gangs of surfers born, there are La Jolla, San – Onofre , Newport Beach , Malibu , Santa Cruz and Big Sur.
Over the years the materials have changed and they turned into lighter and more performing elements. However, wooden surf tables have a primitive taste that makes surfing something truly magical.
“Vintage gangs” portrayed on black and white film by the greatest photographers, are those groups of girls armed with their costumes and their surf tables long twice their height, directed to the ocean, guided by the instinct of riding the wave.
The departure towards the beach aboard a van or a Volkswagen loaded with tables is an iconic moment of fun, captured among others by the talent of Carol Jerrems, who expresses the energy of these gangs one hundred percent in his shots.
The swimsuit is what marks the temporal passage in the photos of the last century: the whole one, the high-waisted briefs and the contemporary bikini.
A well-known shoot is the one with the four girls on the beach, taken in 1950 by the great Nina Leen.
However, it remains unchanged the recklessness of the girls who animated with style and stunts the coolest coasts.
Text by Luisa Pagani