This is a slightly edited and condensed version of "Winning and Losing in Fat City," which ran in the February 1973 issue of Surfing magazine
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Official headquarters for the 1972 World Surfing Championships was the Travelodge on Harbor Island, San Diego. The events there, and at the contest site, have been succinctly described as "a nine-day acid trip."
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Ray Emery, a San Diego architect, was the coordinator of the World Contest. He was also Chai...