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Peter Townend

Orange County, California, 1990s
I loved the fame, I fuckin’ danced on tabletops after the contest, and if I could’ve hung out with Bob Dylan, great.

Matt Warshaw interviewed Peter Townend for three Surfer’s Journal articles in the 1990s: one on Wayne Bartholomew, another on the early days of pro surfing, and one of pro surfing near the end of the century. This Q&A pulls from all three conversations.

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You grew up not far from Rabbit’s house, in Coolangata?

Yeah, my parents knew his parents, they were all good friends before Bugs and I were even born. When I was in school I had a big-time crush on one of his sisters.

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