Surfer JoJo Perrin displays his artwork

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Surfer JoJo Perrin displays his artwork


In the early 1980s, surfer JoJo Perrin (1950-2023) would spend the afternoons in the parking lot at Topanga Beach nearly every day, selling his artwork from his van.

JoJo was revered for his an innovative surfing style. In the 1960s and '70s, he shaped surfboards in Hawaii, New York, and California, working for Dewey Weber, and for his own business, Lotus Foils. His dynamic paintings decorated his boards and built his reputation as an artist.

From midlife on, JoJo struggled with schizophrenia. He pulled away from surfing and made sculptures, furniture, and mosaics, with an ongoing vision for sacred space and peaceful living.




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Tom Moss



Tom Moss, “Surfer JoJo Perrin displays his artwork,” Topanga Historical Society Digital Archive, accessed October 1, 2023,