California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties by Steve Pezman and Steve Roper, Foreword by Yvon Chouinard (hardcover)
A story, told primarily in photographs, of two parallel and intermingled groups of young Californians following the thrills of ocean waves and granite faces.
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In June 1957, a team of ragtag climbers, led by Royal Robbins, made the first ascent of Yosemite's Half Dome northwest face, a feat before thought impossible. A few months later, a crew of California surfers paddled into the first waves ever successfully ridden at Waimea Bay. The separate tribes, largely unknown to each other, lived similar lives: surviving mainly hand to mouth, shopping at Salvation Army and war surplus stores, inventing and crafting their own equipment as they went along. Like-minded in many ways, these two strong, intelligent and resourceful crews diverged from the working middle class to forge parallel and unconventional lives. The photos in this book tell their stories and how they eventually crossed paths and influenced each other and generations of surfers and climbers.
- Essays by Steve Pezman and Steve Roper; foreword by Yvon Chouinard
- 108 pages, with 100 full-color and black-and-white photographs
- Dimensions: 10" X 12"
- Published by Thomas Adler Books
- Hardcover with Japanese matte art paper
- 1134 g (40 oz)
- Made in Hong Kong.