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The surf scene produced its fair share of eccentric characters. As pioneers of the Kustom Kulture scene artists Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth and Kenny ‘Von Dutch’ Howard were two of the most important.
Roth’s larger than life persona and unique custom cars made him a favourite with surfer kids but it’s his Rat Fink character that has made him an immortal. Long before he was a clothing brand, Von Dutch was the king of pinstriping - check this amazing clip to see pinstriping in action.
Both men are no longer with us but their influence can still be seen at every custom car and motorcycle show and on countless band posters.
Z-Surf is a surfer resource site that posts user-submitted content. Some of the surfing videos and images are incredible. The site also features beach webcams just in case you miss being by the seaside - although surfers probably use the videos for a more practical reason…
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