GARY ELKERTON AT 50: TAMING THE BEAST

Gary Elkerton took 5th place in the 1984 World Amateur Championships, held in mostly crap surf at Huntington and Oceanside. The result didn’t matter. Elkerton was the star. By comparison, everyone else was small, pale, boring. Every time Gary set foot on the beach, the whole event tilted in his direction. It was the heyday of Kong, and while…