Wipe Out!

This continues the Surfing Series at Oceanside California and Swami’s in Encinitas. Both are renowned surfing destinations home to many seasoned veteran long boarders, pro short board acrobats and many a Rookie who just want to enjoy this challenging sport. These images capture the learning process, or what goes amiss when the surfers push the envelope. I recall a song my oldest Brother used to play in the 1960’s called “Wipe Out” when I was young – I never envisioned that I would be hearing this in my head as I shooting!

“Wipe Out” is a tune written by Bob Berryhill, Pat Connoly, Jim Fuller and Ron Wilson. The tune was first performed and recorded by The Surfaris, who were elevated to international status with the release of the “Surfer Joe” and “Wipe Out” single in 1963.

The song – both the Surfaris’ version as well as cover versions – has been featured in over 20 films and television series since 1964, appearing at least once a decade. First heard in Kenneth Anger’s short Scorpio Rising, its most recent appearance was in Dominic Sena’s 2009 thriller, Wipeout.

The term ‘wipeout’ refers to a fall from a surfboard, especially one that looks painful.

4 responses

  1. Timing is EVERYTHING in photography Erik, and yours is absolutely perfect!

    August 17, 2011 at 10:38 am

  2. Great shots Erik.

    August 17, 2011 at 11:26 am

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