Craig Peterson, African surf adventure, 1975.
“…Naughton and Peterson were just teenagers when they left Southern California in the early ‘70s for parts unknown. By the time they reached Africa they’d become household names in the world of surfdom for their wanderlust-inducing travel stories, and lightning rods to some degree for splashing photos of underground, already pioneered spots like Petacalco on the pages of Surfer
They were a complementary pairing, to be sure. Peterson, the kneeboarder with a natural feel for photography (and a Ron Stoner-cribbed telephoto lens) snapped the majority of the surfing action, which was mostly of the hulking, yet graceful Naughton.
The Africa sojourn took the duo through Ghana, Senegal and Liberia among other locales, though the exact countries are never mentioned, which makes Naughton and Peterson trailblazers of another surf travel story trope: the smokescreen.
Though the dream of pioneering new breaks and surfing them with no one around might be the most enduring legacy of the Naughton and Peterson style travelogue, the parts of their stories that have aged the best have little to do with waves. It’s how they describe the time between scores that still feels relatable, regardless of how exotic your own surf travels have been…”
Vacant NL | Venice Biennale 2010 | Via
During the twelfth Venice Architecture Biennale, the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and Rietveld Landscape highlight the huge potential of temporarily unoccupied space. ‘Vacant NL, where architecture meets ideas’ is on show at the Dutch pavilion from 29 August 29 to 21 November 2010.
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Monumental Parkour Andy Day
With a combined passion for the practice of parkour and photography, Andy Day has documented a dynamic series of images that bring together urban exploration, memories and monumental architecture. over the course of three months, the british photographer and parkour athlete traveled to Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia in search of ‘Spomenik’ — World War II monuments commissioned by the regime of Marshal Tito and scattered across former Yugoslavia. informed by the work of photographer Jan Kempenaers, who documented twenty-six of these otherworldly architectural objects, day tasked several parkour athletes from the region to engage, occupy and activate each of the structural relics. [via]
While this photograph of a seemingly regular house may look unassuming to you, located twenty-six feet beneath this modest two-story suburban house in Las Vegas, Nevada lies a 5,000 square foot doomsday bunker.
It comes complete with a four-hole golf course, a sauna, a jacuzzi, a barbecue, and a swimming pool, and was designed to be able to withstand a nuclear explosion.
The bunker was commissioned by businessman Girard B. Henderson in the 1970s, who feared attack from the Soviets.
It was purchased by a mysterious group called the Society for the Preservation of Near Extinct Species for $1.15 million in March 2014.