Gentlemanly Pursuits: The Surfer

5.8.2012

By Max Berlinger

Bring a touch of beachy charm and romance to seaside glamour

When summer arrives, so does the call of the ocean, beckoning you to partake in its many pleasures. Most people use a sandy stretch of beach to relax and unwind, but the adventurous see the open water as a stage for robust recreation. Surfers attempt to tame the mercurial and vast sea, confronting its roiling waves in hopes of catching a smooth ride to shore. No decade epitomizes the glamour of the sport more than the 1960s, during which Elvis’s romance with Hawaii played out on cinema screens and the optimistic harmonies of Southern California’s Beach Boys dominated radio airwaves. Plenty has changed since then, but the allure of hanging ten has endured.

Clockwise from top right: 1950s Hawaiian shirt in dark cranberry by Levi’s Vintage Clothing available at Unionmade, San Francisco, $180; Marina stripe beach towel by Ralph Lauren Home, $95 each; mid-length swim shorts by J. Crew available at MrPorter.com, $55; Champion Originals by Keds, $45; surf wax by Sex Wax available at Saturdays Surf NYC, $2; sunglasses by Bottega Veneta, $485

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