When I was around 3 or 4, my parents took me to Sunset Beach to watch one of the events. Who knew that this would become my life at a later point.
After I entered my first event, my life warped off to some strange reality of travel, sitting in a van for hours, 5 minute warnings, and jerseys. Oh, I can’t forget a wardrobe of awful contest shirts loaded with sponsors and cheesy airbrushed waves too.
But, there were lots of great people I met as these ancient photos show:
Dick Catri is one of the guys that put surfers from the East Coast of the United States on the map and he is a friend of my father. Dick owned one of the key surf shops in the area and even got Kelly Slater going in the right direction as a pint-sized lad.
Greg Taylor (the tall cat on the right) is a guy I really owe a lot to. Greg was one of the old Ocean Avenue Surf Shop team riders who was part of a group of east coasters that pre-dated my crew. Greg took me from floundering and confused grom to well-sponsored, confused surfer. In his defense, he did a lot for me. I pretty much owe almost all the best sponsorships I had to him. He even gave me driving tips as a grom!
“Just go!” “It is only 20 feet to cross the street!”
I am trying to find my more candid pictures of my time surfing with Peter Townend, Larry Bertleman, Shaun Tomson, and Rabbit Bartholomew. These guys were more than cool to me and actually gave me advice and let me sit around with them during the events.
Believe me, you feel more than cool when you are strolling out to catch a few waves with Peter Townend next to you.
This is my fail picture. Why? Because I graciously took it thus I was not in the picture myself.
Pat Cuyno is a family friend who is also from my home town of Ewa Beach, Hawaii. It was Pat’s birthday so Peter Townend and Larry Bertleman were nice enough to drop by and eat some food and give Pat his present…a new board.
Dick Catri is also in there too along with Ron Rosenberry who had a little surf shop up on the old pier.
Well, there are other artifacts buried in my museum and I am seeking them out so hopefully more will be posted to document the age of dinosaurs!