see France Gall – La Rose des Vents
see France Gall – Y’a du soleil à vendre
Grande Plage Biarritz is the beach where I learned to surf, like countless others. I found a great site by a french surf pioneer documenting the beginning of european surfing.
find more historic pictures here
Great to see this kind of historic footage come up. Makes me wonder what other pioneering locals captured on super 8.
Along with Biarritz in France, Newquay in Cornwall was one of surfing’s first footholds in Europe. Believe it or not, but lifeguards on the northsea island of Sylt surfed by that time as well. Getting boards from France and one guy making a surf trip to Cornwall, about the time this video was shot.
They are so cute, posting movie stills like there’s no tomorrow. I love these movies, too. It’s amazing how soulful the pictures come across, even with the motion taken out of them. I saw many of these on N3 growing up, and some still range among my all time favorites. And it’s Jean-Paul Belmondo’s birthday today, cheers!
This magnificent website has an article on one of my favorite yeye-girls – Chantal Goya! I dig France Gall, Francoise Hardy, Sheila and Sylvie Vartan very much for their music, but Chantal appeared in my favorite non-surf movie, Masculin Feminin by Jean Luc Godard, where she sings, and plays – what else – an up and coming yeye-girl. If I had never seen this film I wouldn’t understand yeye, Paris, french movies, mod, the 60s, and thus wouldn’t really have lived.
The trailer for the movie.
Here’s her MySpace.