ALTERNATIVE SURF HISTORY: LOPEZ WINS ’72 WORLD TITLE!

Competitive surfing in the age of Nixon needed a rock-bottom moment, a wreck to crawl away from, an enduring anti-example, and with the 1972 World Championships in San Diego it got a beauty. What a bleak, luckless, monumentally stunted event. Conceived with good intentions, sure. Nobody involved set out to rip off or otherwise harm the sport. But good intentions…