Air War Over Southeast Asia: A Pictorial Record Vol. 1, by Lou Drendel

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By the time we reached West-ward Beach, I was so stoned that I felt like crawling under the truck and hiding. However, the combination of cold water, powerful waves, and peer pressure quickly sobered me up. By sixteen, marijuana was my daily bread, without which no surfing session was complete. Although there was a Western Surfing Association, a National Scholastic Surfing Association, a Christian Surfing Association, and probably even a Republican surfing organization, my peers and I were members of the Marijuana Surfing Association.

Although Zeppelin or the Stones throbbed from large teak cabinet speakers, often there was not an employee in sight, and not even the resin and coconut surfboard wax could mask the odor of marijuana smoke. ” That same summer, my friend Alex Kecht* found his older neighbor’s stash of Thai sticks and stole one. It looked like a small cigar because the buds were so neatly and uniformly tied to a small bamboo stick with a thread of the plant’s fiber. We broke the stick in half, wrapped it in a piece of notebook paper, and began to puff away.

By fourteen I was surfing well enough to cadge rides up the coast with older surfers. As a gremmie, I sat in the truck’s bed, and when the cab’s split rear window opened, they passed me a big, oily, burritolike joint of Thai that we smoked down to the roach. By the time we reached West-ward Beach, I was so stoned that I felt like crawling under the truck and hiding. However, the combination of cold water, powerful waves, and peer pressure quickly sobered me up. By sixteen, marijuana was my daily bread, without which no surfing session was complete.

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