41 Amazing Photographs of Surfing During the 1970s

Growing up in La Jolla , California, Jeff Divine began taking pictures of his fellow surfers in his hometown during the 1960s and got to know the original alternative sport before the mainstream media blew it up into the the commercial kingdom it has now come to be.

His work took him to a staff position in 1971 with Surfer magazine where he would begin the first of some 37 annual trips to the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii and numerous worldwide trips to the best surfing destinations . He served as photo editor for Surfer and the Surfer’s Journal for 35 years.

Divine has one of the largest archives of surf photography that exists from 1970-2009. And here are some of his work from the 1970s.

Black’s Beach, La Jolla, San Diego, California, 1971
Contest, Huntington Beach, California, 1971
Contest, Huntington Beach, California, 1971
Laguna Beach, California, 1971
Laguna Canyon, California, 1971
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, 1971
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, 1971
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, 1971
Rocky Point, Oahu, Hawaii, 1971
Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, 1971
Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, 1971
Windansea, La Jolla, San Diego, California, 1971
Black’s Beach, La Jolla, San Diego, California, 1972
La Jolla Shores, California, 1972
La Jolla, California, 1972
Lower Trestles, San Clemente, California, 1972
Sunset Cliffs, Point Loma, San Diego, California, 1972
Velzyland Beach, Hawaii, 1972
La Jolla, California, 1973
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, 1973
Ehukai Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii, 1974
Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii, 1974
Honolulu, Hawaii, 1974
North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, 1974
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, 1974
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, 1974
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, 1974
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, 1974
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, 1974
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, 1974
Rocky Point, Oahu, Hawaii, 1974
Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, 1974
Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, 1974
Honolulu, Hawaii, 1975
Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, 1975
Competitors, Oahu, Hawaii, 1976
Rocky Point, Oahu, Hawaii, 1976
Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, 1976
Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii, 1977
San Onofre Parking Lot, California, 1978
Cardiff Reef, California, 1979

(Photos by Jeff Divine)

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