BOB PIKE BY NICK CARROLL. “THE FIRST AND GREATEST AUSTRALIAN BIG-WAVE RIDER”

“Flight of the Larrikin,” the History of Surfing section I posted earlier today, sets up Australia’s mid-’60s rise to surfing dominance. “Larrikin” is an Aussie word for a loud, rowdy person, usually but not always young, and fits perfectly around the neck of Down Under surfing in general during the post-Gidget boom. Manly Beach surfer…