When surfing was younger and before the talk of surfing becoming a syndicated sport it was all…well rather silly.
In the mid sixties some young Californian surfers purchased plastic imitation German military helmets and wore them to some affect . It’s hard to think of a more provocative thing for a young man to do in the post war period. The outrage from parents , teachers, bastions of the community, peers and other surfers must have been an elixir to rebellious yoof.
This photo is a fantastic presentation in incongruity. The helmet is a representation of oppression, suffering, the terrible realities of war and evil. Meanwhile the half naked boy paddles his board across the glittering pacific to enjoy hours of careless surfing. The smirk on the surfer’s face provokes the viewer to take sides. Which side are you on?