Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Surfers, Cowboys, and Manifest Destiny


The March issue of Vanity Fair has a great article on the iconic movie poster for Bruce Brown’s Endless Summer, titled “One Summer, Forever” By Lili Anolik. I often blog about surfing and my Westerns, but I always thought the only connection was my interest in both. Anolik set me straight. In the article, she wrote,
“And the image’s hero, the surfer, was a new kind of hero. Well, he was old and new. If he’d been born a hundred years earlier, he’d have been a cowboy. He had the cowboy’s instinctive loathing of fences, love of the great wide-open. And what was standing at the farthest edge of America, surveying the Pacific, but the next logical phase of Manifest Destiny and lighting out for the territory and Westward ho.”

Why I never saw that before is beyond me. At least Anolik has given me an excuse to intersperse an occasional reference to surfing on this blog.  By the way, this is a fun article if you have any interest in surfing, film, design, nostalgia, sports, world travel, or tan lines.

1 comment:

  1. An email from a friend and fellow surfer.

    "In one other way a surfer is similar to a cowboy, he is starring at a horizon far way that is vast and empty whether it be an ocean or the plains of Nebraska, Texas, or Kansas. He is alone in the elements all hours of the days and all seasons of the year. And at peace more with nature than humanity."

    ReplyDelete