Available to ship: September 5, 2023


  • Format: Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Foreword: Sam George, Jamie Brisick
  • Note: Tom Curren
  • Author/Photographer: Jimmy Metyko
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Books
  • Size: 9 x 11

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Will ship September 12th.

During the early 1980’s, Santa Barbara, California, saw an extraordinary mix of innovation, individuals and imagery,

combined with a relatively rare meteorological phenomena, that led to one of the most influential periods in modern surf history.

The rise of young legend-to-be and future three-time world champion Tom Curren, whose preternatural wave-riding abilities would help establish California

at the forefront of contemporary surfing; the emergence of then-unknown board builder Al Merrick of Channel Island Surfboards,

who would go on to becoming the sport’s premier board-builder;

a once-in-a-generation run of exceptional surf conditions - photographer Jimmy Metyko was there to capture it all.

With a compelling blend of dramatic action, intimate moments and epic waves, Metyko’s imagery and personal perspectives articulate a remarkable waypoint

on the sport’s cultural timeline, as well as a better understanding, and appreciation, of where surfing is today.