In the 1980's Newport Beach spawned a new era of high performance surfing and entrepreneurship, establishing Orange County as the focal point of the surf industry and a worldwide influencer of youth culture.
This group of surfers came from different backgrounds and interests, bonded in their surfing and exploded on the scene, creating a unique look and revolutionary style that paralleled changes in music, culture and the innovation of young surf companies such as Quiksilver, Stüssy, Schroff, Rip Curl, McCoy and Wave Tools.
Flashy wetsuits, colorful surfboards, and a new wave attitude created a surfing Mecca that was to impact the surfing community around the world and give rise to a global industry.
Photographers, surfers, surfboard shapers, magazines and clothing companies all came together to create this movement, which was focused on a one hundred yard stretch of sand between 52nd and 56th Street known as ECHO BEACH all of which is captured in the new film called ECHO BEACH.
Growing up on the northern beaches of Sydney wearing polka dot board shorts with a hot pink muscle top and flouro braces (yes, braces with board shorts) all I could do was draw Schroff style graphics on my board with marker pen and pretend I knew what was going on.
Once again Mark has supplied the pics from Cali from the launch party of the film. Lucky I wasn't there cause I don't think those boards would have survived the night.