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Bill Hamilton

Hawaii, 1968
Someday there are going to be engines in the back of surfboards.

Originally published as “Billy Hamilton at a Glance” in the August, 1968, issue of Petersen’s Surfing. No author credit, but probably written either by editor Dick Graham or associate editor Duke Boyd. At the time of this interview, Hamilton, originally from Laguna Beach, was 20, newly married, and living on the North Shore of Oahu.

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You used to surf like Phil Edwards, and didn’t try to hide the fact that Phil was your idol.

Yes, definitely he’s my idol. That hasn’t changed. He still ...