Cutting back

A glimpse into SURFER's time-capsule

| posted on April 01, 2011

SPRING 1962 VOL. 3 NO.1

On the Cover:
Ricky Grigg, Pipeline. Photo: John Severson

Iconic Moments
Bonzai Pipeline

“After gasping and ahhhhing for five to ten minutes, we began to notice that almost every wave was curling from exactly the same point. It was decided that a closer look was necessary, with Willingham, Lanning, and Swan volunteering for duty.”

“Ricky Grigg had heard all the tales of the first day at Pipeline, and even though Banzai was much bigger this day, he decided to attempt it, alone. The waves were breaking about a quarter of a mile outside, with the same thunderous shorebreak collapsing on the inside reef.”


Sing-A-Long with The Surfer

Best Song
San Onofre, Don’t We Love Thee
(Sung to the tune of “Little Brown Jug”)

First Verse
Every Friday, just about three,
We head our camper for San Onofre;
It’s surfing that we’re going for,
But we never get out the camper door.

Ha ha ha, shout with glee,
San Onofre don’t we love thee;
Ha ha ha, shout with glee,
San Onofre don’t we love thee.

Second Verse
The gang’s all there, the surf is fine,
The sun is hot – we’re getting blind;
Before I take the surfboard out,
Guess I’ll have another stout.

Third Verse
The weekend’s shot, and so am I,
It’s back to L.A. we must fly;
But we’ll be back, you can bet,
To join the surfers who never get wet!



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  • Peter Pope Kahape

    I watched, LeRoy Grannis, shoot those photo’s of Ricky Hatch at 22nd St in Hermosa that morning. At the time, it was pretty funny for all of us. Ricky was a smooth, “casual surfer”. The Jacobs Surfboard add, only added to his noteriety.
    RIP, Ricky Hatch. You were one of the South Bay’s finest.
    Peter “Pope” Kahapea

  • Drew

    Why is his left arm so long in comparison to his right? They didn’t have photoshop then.