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Jack Shipley

Honolulu, 1994
Peter Drouyn is the unsung hero. He impressed me with his surfing, but staggered me with his thinking.

Matt Warshaw recorded this interview with Jack Shipley in 1994. Quotes were used in “Stayin’ Alive: 1976 and the Birth of the World Professional Surfing Circuit,” published in the Spring 1995 issue of Surfer’s Journal. Shipley was 53 at the time.

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You’ve been a surf contest judge for how long?

Since 1966

You were the top judge when the IPS launched. What was your actual title?

I was called Directing of Judging.

Were you guys getting paid? 

Yeah. Not much, but not bad, at least for the ...