In the early ’80s, American culture as a whole was shifting drastically—guitars were being replaced by synthesizers, hairstyles were becoming more gravity defiant and everything seemed to be bathed in a strange kind of neon glow. The stretch of Newport coastline between 54th and 56th streets, which was dubbed “Echo Beach”, became the epicenter of this shift for the surfing world, where young rippers with loud styles both in and out of the water aimed to make their mark on the surf world with progressive flair.

Recently, Quiksilver launched a new trunk playing homage to that colorful, radical period of surfing evolution, and over the past 4 weeks, we’ve been orchestrating a caption contest to get you in the running for some free swag from their new collection. We tapped the shoulder of iconic lensman Mike Moir for a few images that sum up the wild style of that era, and those who came come up with an entertaining way to caption these gems were entered into the running for a killer prize pack from Quik. Below are the two grand-prize winners, along with the clever caps that earned them some free goods.


stilesdavey: Ferris Buellers spray off!

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sebfortineau: When you’ve got to surf at 5 but Disco at 6.