Reading While Eating for August 4: Surfin’ USA

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A Ferris wheel caretaker rests as fairgoers enjoy a ride in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 3, 2011

Thursday’s links give you classic beach moments and an interesting take on surfing.

Manly Moments: Does your president shoot stuff and ride horses while shirtless? Probably not, since you’re not reading this in Russian. (LIFE)

Beachy Attitude: See vintage photos of the Jersey shore, taken way before Snooki was around. (TIME)

Relaxing Ride: You may have heard of couch surfing as a way to travel cheaply. But this is literal couch surfing — or more like couch water-skiing. (The Daily What)

High-Tech Sculpture: Here’s a video of a 3-D printout of Stephen Colbert’s head. Why? Don’t question it, just watch it. (Boing Boing)

Glowing Reviews: Team iLuminate lit up the crowd during this week’s episode of America’s Got Talent. (Reddit)