This sub-culture began in the late 1950’s but popularised in the 60’s. It refers to the group of people who follow surfing and its lifestyle. Surfing intially started in the Polynesia.
History of surfing
An ‘art form’ as it once was called, began in the late 18th century in Polynesia. In Hawaii surfing (he’e nalu, its Hawaiian name) was followed by a spiritual ceremony where surfers would pray in front of the ocean.
In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th official state of the US after being a Non-Self Governing Terrority on the United Nations list since 1946. There was a statehood vote in Hawaii with an approval of 94%, although there were controversies of the racial divide.
- baggies (large boxer shorts)
- hair was generally long and naturally bleached
“My boyfriend’s always wearin’ white Levi’s…and his tennis shoes and his surfin’ hat and a big plaid Pendleton shirt.”- White Levis by The Majorettes, 1963 White Levis by The Majorettes
Novel Gidget was made into a movie and highlighted the surf culture.
Surfers magazine founded by John Severson in 1959, published in California
The Woodie was the main means of transport for Cowabungas as it was spacious enough to carry surfboards!