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Butch Van Artsdalen

San Diego, California,1963
I don’t want to be connected with surfing in a business way. I’d like to be a plumber.

This uncredited article, titled “Butch Van Artsdalen: Mr. Pipeline,” ran in the August 1963 issue of Surf Guide. Van Artsdalen was 22 years old. 

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EARLY DAYS
We moved to La Jolla from Norfolk, Virginia, in 1955, when I was 14. At that time I was really jazzed for baseball, and I hadn’t ever seen a surfboard, ut a couple of years later, in 1957, I started going to the beach and I met Carl Ekstrom. I borrowed his board quite a bit, and learned to surf mostly at La Jolla Shores and Windan...