Grandma’s Surfing Heroes

Kings of the SurfKings of the Surf
Olney and Graham

Here in Michigan, we don’t have a lot on surfing. I did hear of people doing that every now and then on a Great Lake or two, but suffice it to say it isn’t something that comes up every day. I just can’t imagine a book on surfing from the late 60s being a serious information need for the kids, but I am willing to keep an open mind. To be honest, it never occurred to me to include¬†surfing in¬†my youth sports collection. I certainly think something this old doesn’t really belong in a public library youth collection. Any surfing librarians want to weigh in?


Kings of the Surf title page

Rick Grigg

Nat Young



  1. Maybe it was purchased because the Beach Boys were popular 5 years earlier?? That’s my guess for 1969 beauty.

  2. My high school library has books about surfing in our sports section. We even have a surf team at our high school, as do many other local schools. Yes, we are in Southern California. This book belongs in the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach, not in general circulation. There are much more current surfing books available – with color photos! BTW we are “freezing” in the California cold of 60 degree for the high in December. But, that is why there are wetsuits for surfing.

    1. Oh boy – 60 degrees…You should be in the water in Cornwall, UK at this time of year…Brrrrrr! Best to stay on the shore with a good book, though probably not this one…

  3. Big Library here. Our copy circulated twice on the ILS before we put it in remote storage. More recent books on surfing are popular here in MN, where the only surfing we do is channel.

  4. I know it’s probably one out of a series and all they did was swap out one title text for another on the covers, but the lack of surfers among the cavorting athletes in a book about surfing bothers me.

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