Retrospectacle: SurfingSurfing moved from subculture to popular culture in the 1950s. Gone were boards made from redwood, balsa or plywood. New materials like Styrofoam and fiberglass made surfing a more approachable sport. The movement was spurred on by movies like 'Gidget' and the Beach Boys' 1961 song "Surfin'." It was a pastime that would become a way of life with a style and swagger all its own.