Music: A New Kind Of Beach Boy

California's Jack Johnson may be the world's least driven--and therefore most qualified--surf-folkie

It is hard to imagine a person less suited to carrying the name of the early 20th century boxer Jack Johnson than the early 21st century folk singer Jack Johnson. The contemporary Johnson, 26, spends his days shuffling between rooms of a shabby-chic Santa Barbara bungalow, editing surf films and strumming out tunes on an acoustic guitar. When life gets too tough, he takes a five-minute stroll to the the beach. "I try to surf everyday," he says quietly. "If there's no waves, I'll go swimming, or we'll just set up camp with a cooler and a guitar and play some...

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