A Sideways Look at Californian Sports Culture

Malibu is a top surf spot on the California coast
Malibu is a top surf spot on the California coast | © Owen Tozer
Photo of Cassam Looch
Social Editor19 April 2021

Two West Coast board-sport aficionados have taken their love of the action-packed scene and produced a fantastic new book that will have you yearning for California. ‘Looking Sideways Vol 1’ serves as a companion piece to a podcast of the same name, and documents a three-week-long adventure undertaken by journalist Matt Barr and photographer Owen Tozer. Through their journey, they portray a vivid picture of a culture that continues to shape the world around us.

Traveling from Ventura to San Diego, Barr and Tozer take us on a trip to the remarkable birthplace of a scene that transcends sport to influence the clothes, music and films from a time in the not too distant past. The engaging pair also speak to the people at the heart of skateboarding, surfing and even snowboarding to discover more about what happened during the golden age of the scene, and what’s happening to it today.

Grab whichever board your comfortable with – even if that’s just your keyboard – and join Culture Trip on a journey to somewhere wonderful.

Situated northwest of Los Angeles, the coastal city of Ventura is popular with surfers and windsurfers | © Owen Tozer
Venice is a neighborhood in the Westside region of Los Angeles and is well known for its boardwalk, which features street performers, artists, vendors and colorful murals | © Owen Tozer
Born in California, Cara-Beth Burnside is a professional skateboarder and snowboarder, and is ranked as one of the best female athletes in the world in these sports | © Owen Tozer
The surf culture in California became popular in the 1950s and 1960s, and continues today | © Owen Tozer
LA plays host to many high-profile sports and entertainment events and is focused on helping the local economy by driving tourism and local commerce | © Owen Tozer
Also known for its surf beaches, Huntington Beach is home to the International Surfing Museum, which displays longboards and other surfing memorabilia | © Owen Tozer
Herbie Fletcher began surfing at the age of nine, and having competed at the World Championships in 1966, his love of the sport is now focused on the design of surfboards | © Owen Tozer
Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a pretty seaside village located just north of San Diego. It has a long surfing history | © Owen Tozer
Jamie Thomas, nicknamed the Chief, is a professional skateboarder and skateboard entrepreneur | © Owen Tozer
The two reefs at Cardiff State Beach provide fantastic breaks for surfing | © Owen Tozer
With more than 70mi (113km) of coastline, San Diego features many famous Californian beaches, including Coronado City Beach, La Jolla Cove and Pacific Beach | © Owen Tozer

Looking Sideways Vol. 1 is available now

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