“Riding the Rails: Northern California’s Golden Age of Surfing” 14-min. trailer

Chris Thompson just sent me this trailer of his documentary, and it knocked me out. How rare it is these days to have someone that gets it. This is the real stuff. Rod is power personified, jeez was he rolling here, the Van Dykes, my lord…

If you know any old surfers, send them this.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

4 Responses to “Riding the Rails: Northern California’s Golden Age of Surfing” 14-min. trailer

  1. Great guys, all a generation before me. I saw Beach Blanket Bingo, Ride the Wild Surf etc in Germany around 1964 when I was 10, I was completely captivated. It was my lucky fate to find myself on the North Shore of Oahu just a few years later in 1968-70 and actually surfing on borrowed boards! Set the tone for my life even though I would never claim to be a true surfer. I ended up a windsurfer, far more accessible than surfing as you can do it on or off waves and on rivers and lakes. But I often thought of the old time surfers and figured windsurfing was at a similar stage, no more than a few hundred of us up and down the CA coast back in the 80s and 90s, everybody knew each other and would run into one another from Baja to the Columbia River Gorge. I still don't have any goals… other than to kiteboard.

  2. Farken' AWESOME and so very true! I'm typing this as my Johnny Rice (R.I.P., brother) board lies by me patiently waiting for the next swell! Mahalo Nui Loa for posting this!
    Aloha y'all!

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