As a photographer and surfer girl in the ’70s, Susea McGearhart captured many images of the golden age of surfing and skateboarding in California. Here, she shares with us a series of unpublished photos, including scenes amongst the wreckage of Pacific Ocean Park.
jl: It was extremely territorial back then. It obviously still is now, but it was worse back then, right?
sm: Oh, it was. They would do things to cars. I was pretty innocent and one of the only girls who would actually surf, but they would get in comb fights where they would take hair combs, break off the prongs, and then fight with each other.
jl: So right after it went bankrupt, it turned into a decrepit pier where surfers would hang out?
sm: It wasn’t really a surfer’s hangout unless there was a swell and the cove, the south side of the pier was breaking. Otherwise, they were just chasing the surf, going up and down the coast wherever there were waves. But there were a lot of bums and winos that hung out there.