Surf kooks: smile if you're messing up

Surf kooks are a cultural subgroup of beach life. Their style, their behavior, and their gear leave us, many times, speechless, dazed, and amazed. Let's discover their best kookiness moments.

Kooks. We know them, and we were one of them. Not now, of course.

Surf kooks are everywhere, from Snapper Rocks and the North Shore of Oahu to Biarritz and Malibu.

Whether they're surfing beginners, exotic locals, inexperienced grandmothers, or eccentric lunatics, you are always going to meet a few good ones in your wave-riding career.

These personalities can be found in any type of surf conditions.

Although you can easily spot them in one-foot waves, they can also drop-in professional surfers on popular reef breaks during occasional close-out days.

Surf kooks: style is everything

"The Encyclopedia of Surfing," tells us that the word "kook" is "a play on the Hawaiian word 'kukae,' which means 's--t.'"

Surf kooks: always wear a helmet in big surfing days

Surf kooks are always cool and relaxed. They're "the surfers."

More than a question of surf etiquette, kookiness can really be a way of life.

Surf kooks: Elvis was a great surfer

Kook surfers have been immortalized in three fundamental works: the books "The Kook's Guide to Surfing" and "Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love," and the short surf film "Kook Paradise."

Surf kooks: nose diving stance

What makes the perfect surf cook?

Well, he's never embarrassed about the number of surf stickers glued to the deck of his surfboard, the clothes he wears at the beach, his wetsuit style, ridiculous wipeouts, and destroying the wave of our lives.

Surf culture can be so oppressive...

Surf kooks: nice wetsuit

Surf kooks: new Shaka sign, and new ways of protecting from the sun

Surf kooks: raise your arms if you know how to surf

Surf kooks: getting inspiration from the ocean gods

Surf kooks: girls know how to do it

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