PETER TOWNEND INTERVIEW: “YOU GOTTA PUT ON A SHOW”

“Professional surfing is 80% skill,” Peter Townend said in 1977. “The other 20% is entertainment.” You may not agree. You may think that hair gel, jumpsuits, pink boards, preening interviews, and a slavering desire to go Hollywood doesn’t really have a place in a worthwhile surfing ontology, and thus shouldn’t be valued at the professional level. Or not at…