I love my local library. It’s small. It has a fairly limited selection, but I kind of like that about it. I never go in looking for anything in particular. I just wander around the shelves, head tilted sideways looking at the spines, pretty unaware of which section I’m in. Within a few minutes I usually have three or four books in hand. As I can only check out five, I always leave the last spot for something from the surf section. Now, it’s not much of a selection, but there are probably more surf books here than many other small branch San Diego libraries. Still, it is limited so I only take one surf book per visit so I can stretch out the unread titles over as many visits as possible.
The photo above is from the last book I checked out, Drew Kampion’s, Stoked. Among the many great images, I found myself going back to this shot of Dick Barnard at Malibu, dated 1951, with the photo credited to Joe Quigg. I love how these individual gems of images exist amongst the thousands found in even the smallest library. They are all just sitting on the shelves, waiting for you to discover them; waiting to completely fire you up and make you want to paddle out immediately. This shot does that for me, so I’m going surfing.
Happy Friday! – James Bowman, Halcyon Tea, San Diego. Find out more about Halcyon Tea here.