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Brighton is more famed for jellied eels and rebellious youth cultures than it is for its inconsistent surf. Nevertheless, a thriving community of passionate and committed surfers has emerged from its embryonic stages in the mid 60s, when a small group of Brighton locals first paddled out against a backdrop of warring mods and rockers.
Just as surf culture had made its way across the Altantic in the early 60s so too did ‘sidewalk surfing’ in the mid to late 70s. Naturally the local surf crews quickly developed a synergy with skateboarding as it helped to get them through the flat spells. At the heart of this scene was and still is Brighton legend Jock Paterson a top-surfer, champion skateboarder and now a leading figure in British Stand Up Paddle Boarding (www.tribalwave.org).
Images courtesy of; Robert Vente (http://www.ventephoto.com)
Archive courtesy of; Three S Films (www.threesfilms.com) & Richard Gayer, James Street Productions – Hot Wheels n Big Deals
Music; The Lurkers – Ain’t Got A Clue
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