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Jim Banks

Sydney, Australia, 1996
There was no way I was coming out of that tube, but I did, and everyone was just screaming, the whole beach was screaming.

Jim Banks was 36 when he did this interview with Australian surf writer Tim Baker. The Q&A sections here were part of a longer profile piece titled “The Never-Ending Journey of Jim Banks,” which ran in the Summer 1996 issue of Surfer’s Journal. 

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You’re known mainly as a tuberider. How did that come about?

Just because I love ’em, I love getting deep tubes that are sometimes beyond people’s comprehension, sometimes beyond my comprehension too. It almost feels like it’s not my doing. ...