Baby Take it Off!: Let the Haole Church Bells Ring

posted by / Blogs / April 23, 2013

Sam Georgle and Nia Peeples


Baby Take It Off!

Our surf world semi-regularly reaches out and touches greater pop culture. Danny Fuller, for instance, becomes the face of Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme. Or Chasing Maverick’s plays in movie theaters across the nation. It is usually an unremarkable encounter. Pop culture observes, shrugs and goes back to whatever it was doing before. The surf world does the same.

Almost ten years ago, though, there was a pop culture/surf world union that went tragically under reported and under celebrated. Sam George, ex-editor of both Surfing and Surfer, married Nia Peeples.

Let the weight of this sink in for a moment. Sam George, the writer of flowery prose and wearer of flowery shirts. The excitable pundit who appears in most surf documentaries using every superlative in the English language. The man with small hoop earrings and a mane so full, blonde and luxurious that it was Gucci before there was a Gucci Mane. Sam George. Married Nia Peeples. The famous 1980s dance hit sensation who also starred in the hit 1980s TV show Fame but most importantly starred as Kiani in North Shore. The best surf film ever made.

You remember Kiani don’t you? She rode up on a horse after Rick Kane wiped out at the Banzai Pipeline and rubbed aloe on his wounds. Her hair was impossibly chestnut. Her skin was flawless. Remember when Kiani and Rick went for a jeep ride and got rained on? She was the most beautiful flower on earth. But, just as every rose has its thorn, Kiani had her cousin Vince. Vince was the bearded and angry leader of Da Hui, a fictional surf gang that brutalized Rick Kane. Vince did not want Kiani to be with Rick because he was a haole. She was forbidden fruit, which made her that much more desirable.

I do not recall how Rick and Kiani’s relationship worked out but clearly he did not marry her because Sam George did. And, in so doing, he married the dream. He married the very apparition of surf sexy. We, apparently, were not invited to the wedding. Maybe Vince did not want us there. Maybe Sam George had to steal her away and marry her, like Romeo married his Juliet, in secret.

Whatever the case, we should celebrate their union today. We should go out and raise a frosty cold Mai Tai and shout, “To Sam George and Nia Peeples!” We should let the haole church bells ring.

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  • Zach

    Aside from the fact that I find it nearly impossible to believe that as an ardent observer and purveyor of surf/popular culture that you were unaware of this, your post is pretty freaking hilarious. It’s unrelatedness is part of that splash.

    But seriously. Big freakin’ ups to Sam George. No matter what you think of him or what everyone thinks of you, he defined and lived the dream. Mai Tais up!

  • Jabba

    Do you dummy down your writing for this website?

  • tony (ty) carson big isalnd

    chas, you called DA Hui a fictional surf gang, we know you know better. You even interviewed Kala, I believe. Da Hui has been around for decades and have thrashed,(beat up), some south african, aussie and haole surfers, like the fictional rick kane, for getting out of line. Now their selling Da Hui clothing to a bunch of clueless haoles,(like you chas), who have no business wearing a black Da Hui board short or tee. Leave the Da Hui to the Da Hui. And as far Sam goes, some of his articles have been good despite his bias towards pro surfing, but I disagree with his article “soul search” which ended saying “were all soul surfers”. It seems some surfers are surfing for fame and money these days. And if there is some truth in his statement-then maybe, some surfers, just might have a lot more soul than others.

  • masniffur

    who surf’s for money?

  • Luciano

    Thanks a lot for this writing it’s hilarious!! One bad thing though: I had absolutely no idea that Hawaiann queen Kiane was actually some sort of weird Britney from the 80s in real life. Wow. You just destroyed the perfect image I had of her! hahahahahahahaha

  • kyle

    I was actually AT this wedding (my wife is Nia’s cousin). It was as you’d imagine, on the beach, barefoot, but somewhat elegant. Sam wore the same thing he always wears and Nia wore some designer dress. I think they walked down the aisle to “Wonderful Tonight” which was kind of odd cause it was like, 4PM on a Sunday. But whatever. Sam wrote his own vows aka “20 minute smoke break,” but the rest of it was pretty cool. And speaking of da Hui, a bunch of those dude were at the wedding and the afterparty and well, let’s just say it got chilly that summer’s night. Like it started snowing in SoCal. Don’t really get why you’re so interested in these two (some sort of “80’s kitsch = comedy” thing?), but it was a cool wedding I guess.