Great Research Books

Fun Websites

Tom Lisanti's Sixties Cinema
>  Author of the definitive "Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies: The First Wave 1959-1969" — a must-have profile of 32 beach movies from Gidget thru The Sweet Ride. Tom's Sixties Blog and his Favorite Sites are great too.

Brian's Drive-In-Theater
>  Everything you ever wanted to know about all the beach movies in one place -- cast lists, soundtracks, poster art, and so much more!

California Coastal Records Project
>  Could this be the fabled Go-Go Beach?
>  Or here?

Bright Lights Film Journal
>  For anyone who thinks the beach party movies were just fluff, this article masterfully explores the complicated social context which gave birth to this weird movie genre. (The Beach As Backyard is especially good.)

Duke Kahanamoku
>  It's okay, sound it out.
Here's a short history of Woody's hero, the real-life Father of Surfing.

Duke's Waikiki Photo Gallery
Duke's Malibu Photo Gallery
>  In addition to a US postage stamp, The Duke's image has graced restaurants in Malibu, Huntington Beach, Kauai, & Waikiki. Mmm!

The Duke Kahanamoku statue on Waikiki Beach
>  No true surfer — let alone the The Duke — ever stands with his back to the ocean. Tell that to his statue maker! At least the backdrop is nice for pictures.

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