, 2022-12-11 15:30:00,
In the 1960s beach culture was assuming its zenith as a theme for popular film and music.
In 1959 Gidget, a charming teen film about the adventures of a girl surfer in Malibu, became a hit. In 1961 the musical film Blue Hawaii arrived with Elvis Presley as an ex-GI surfboard-focused heir.
In 1963 a recently formed Southern Californian band of high school students, ‘The Surfaris,’ created the hit Wipe Out built around a drum solo and a catchy guitar riff. It became an international number one hit.
Millions of schoolteachers would be driven mad by millions of school desks struck by school kids trying to replicate the drum solo. And this was before ‘The Beach Boys’ and Surfing USA.
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Being at the beach was no longer just lugging an umbrella and towels over sand dunes, while yelling at excited children not to drown. Well, it still was, but the idea of going to the beach was charged with an imported Californian coolness. And you didn’t need to be a surfer. Just because there was a guy falling off a surfboard, your local beach with its nanas and screaming kids, was plugged into a hip international scene. That’s what the films said anyway.
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