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  • Genre:HUMOR
  • SubGenre:Form / Essays
  • Language:English
  • Pages:34
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098333706

Surf Trip

A Coming of Age Story in the Golden Era of Surfing

by Mike Clancy

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The true story of one of the first trips taken by Florida surfers to the Mecca of '60s surf culture, Southern California. It's the summer of 1967, and four young men and their surfboards travel over 4,000 miles, from Florida to California to Mexico and back again, in a 1953 Chevy surf wagon. Along the way they find adventure, great surf and hilarious coming-of-age experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime.
It's the summer of 1967. The Beach Boys are on the radio and Southern California surf culture is sweeping the nation. Florida, the state that will someday produce the greatest surfer of all time, Kelly Slater, is playing catchup. Although there is a growing surf scene in Florida, Southern California is still clearly the Mecca for '60s surf culture. In 1967, Florida surfers look west to California for their inspiration. On the spur of the moment, four young men from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, decide to strap their surfboards on top a 1953 Chevy surf wagon and make the pilgrimage to the Golden State. Over the course of the next three weeks they find adventure, great surf and hilarious coming-of-age experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime. From an alcohol-soaked night on the town in New Orleans, to a wild night in the infamous Zona Norte District of Tijuana; from illegal entry into the Camp Pendleton Marine Base to surf the forbidden waves of Trestles, to tricky encounters with Park Rangers, Border Patrol Agents and various local law enforcement officers; from a harrowing encounter with a train on the hike back from Trestles, to a near disastrous car crash in Louisiana; the challenges they face, and the manner in which they overcome them, turn into a significant rite-of-passage that will forever affect the lives of these four young men.
About the author
Mike Clancy is a retired Technical and Scientific Director of the U.S. Navy's Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) in Monterey, California; a recipient of the Navy's Highest Civilian Award; a member of the FNMOC Hall of Fame; and a frequent public speaker on Climate Change. He does most of his surfing in Santa Cruz, California, but has gone on more than 25 surf trips to various locations around the world. Pictures and videos of his surfing can be found at, and his Climate Change lectures can be viewed at "Climate Change Matters - With Mike Clancy" on You Tube. Mike lives in Salinas, California, with his wife Peggy and their toy poodle, Joey.
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