The graph below ran in the September, 1969, issue of SURFER, as part of editor Drew Kampion’s interview with Miki Dora. I always thought this neatly-drafted illustration, in Dora’s own hand, was smart and funny and cool.
Only now, in 2017, nearly 50 years after I first saw this bit of surfy-sociological handicraft, does it occur to me that it doesn’t in fact work as a graph. Both data sets—years and descriptors—are on the y axis. Nothing on the x axis. Follow the evolutionary line and you come to the “cataclysm” and “deep depression,” which, yes, is exciting. But you also end up in 1945. Damn! The Dora hustle continues from beyond the grave!