Video: Cruising A Woody With Dean Torrence

woody1As new tides crashed into the wake of the 60s, a trend was born, the surf craze was on. Swimming away from the typical and monotonous love and romance songs, singers William Jan Berry and Dean Ormsby Torrence invented a new phase of music–Surf Rock!

Being popularized by the band Beach Boys, Jan and Dean are the forefathers of the new genre. While only having life to sing about, relationships weren’t their forte. Not to say they didn’t have their fair share of the action. The two decided to share their passion of surfing and cars instead of the, “hold your hand mumbo jumbo.”

Placing passion in the midst of art and music, this new genre surfed to the general public and won the hearts of the laidback youth. The style hit home with the west coasters, as life thrived off having a good time. Since surfing was the essence of life during the early to mid 60s, money wasn’t always a big priority. This left the woody a popular commodity. Being cheap and affordable, it also was capable of carrying numerous boards and equipment. The woody is still highly recognized as the holy grail of surf wagons.

The video goes into a light detail about the passion of surf and rock alongside its popular transportation. While woodies were considered to be throw away vehicles in the late 50s and early 60s the surf rock era revived the bitter demise of the car, gave them new purpose, and most importantly made them loved once again.13

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Korky Hickman

Shawn aka Korky is just your average gear head–always down to lend an extra hand and hungry to gain new knowledge. He lives by the words of Gene Winfield, "Everyday is a schoolday." One of Korky's missions is to continue the pursuit and preservation of Kustom Kulture. He is dedicated to wrenching, addicted to kustomizing, and a believer of the built not bought philosophy.
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