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Barreling At You...The Artificial Wave

Last month, an article appeared in our local Central Coast newspaper, prompting me to write a little something about interesting developments in artificial wave technology. The article reported that this past September 19, 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater hosted group of about 300 people from around the world to “witness the future of surfing in the middle of California’s [...]

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The Psychedelic Legacy of Rick Griffin

As a freshman in high school, the late Rick Griffin was charging 50 cents to draw surf characters on t-shirts. Now, some 60 years later, Last Wave is stoked to offer a t-shirt featuring Griffin’s famous Murph the Surf!Rick Griffin influenced both modern surf art and the revolutionary music scene of the ‘60s. After meeting Surfer Magazine founder John [...]

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The Origins of "Hotdogging"

Americans celebrate the 4th of July to commemorate U.S. independence from British rule in 1776. But why is it known for fireworks, barbeques and hot dogs?Some say it started with a letter written by John Adams to his wife on July 2, 1776…“The day will be most memorable in the history of America.I am apt to believe that it will [...]

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Tribute to Two Legends of Surf

During the past two weeks, the surfing world has lost two of its most influential personalities. Surfer, artist, filmmaker and publisher John Severson died on May 26, 20178 at the age of 83. Surfer and surf products innovator Jack O’Neill passed away at age 94 on June 2.Both made incredible contributions to our lifestyle.John SeversonJohn Severson was born [...]

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The Surf T-Shirt

A Fashion Statement Since 1961 The origin of the surf t-shirt can be traced back to Europe in the early 20th century. At about the time surfing was enjoying its first renaissance in Hawaii, the U.S. was fighting in World War I. Surfing was popular with Hawaiian natives until missionaries showed up in the mid-19th century. They disapproved [...]

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