Princeton, NJ/ July 25, 2019/ NJ.com — The now-iconic photo captured their youth, exuberance, and the times: five young Beach Boys clad in Pendleton shirts carrying a surfboard along a Malibu beach in the early 1960s. It was the cover of their 1963 album, Surfer Girl.
Earlier this month, five residents of Brandywine Living’s Princeton campus in South Brunswick recreated the moment during a day at the Jersey Shore that was inspired by one recalling in a group discussion his fondness for the title track song, “Surfer Girl.”
“I met my wife in Sea Girt, and we spent many summers on the beach. She grew up on New York Boulevard in Sea Girt and loved surfing,” Richard Snedeker told Brandywine’s Stephanie Gaber, who runs monthly reminiscent talks at the residence.
“I used to call her, ‘my little surfer girl’, ” the 92-year-old Snedeker recalled of his wife, Mary Ann, who passed away in 2012.
The group discussion centered on California culture, and as it veered toward 1960s youth there being inspired by surf rock music, Gaber had her own inspiration.
Let’s road trip it to the beach, have a little fun and recreate the Surfer Girl album cover moment, she suggested. The anniversary of the title song’s release date was approaching, July 22.
“Sounds exciting,” Snedeker said. They rounded up four buddies from Brandywine, the youngest who is 84, and headed to Sea Girt earlier this month.
Eastern Lines surf shop in Belmar loaned the group a surfboard free of charge when they found out their plan, Gaber said.
They donned matching blue flannel shirts that Gaber bought them – it was the closest they could find to the Beach Boys’ Pendletons – khaki pants and even ditched their shoes for the shot, like the Beach Boys.
Taking the picture capped a great day, Gaber said. “Richard had not been to Sea Girt in many years and was beaming with excitement.”
“It was a day of reminiscing, and also a day to make new memories,” she said.