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Michael Peterson

Sydney, Australia, 1975
I’ll never be a has-been. I’ll just drop off undefeated.

Originally published in a 1975 issue of Tracks, not long after the Coca-Cola Surfabout, in which the 23-year-old Peterson failed to defend his ’74 title. Tracks editor Phil Jarratt did the interview.

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How did it feel feel when you didn’t win the Coke contest?

I wasn’t really depressed or anything. I got some information that if I’d [won the] contest I would have had to give half to the taxation department, so I didn’t really try my hardest.

You were thinking about that right through th...