BRUCE VALLUZZI, PETER TOWNEND, AND THE DIY TRUTH OF THE 1977 FLORIDA PRO

Pointing out the smallness of 1970s world tour surfing won’t raise any untrimmed eyebrows over at the Society of American Historians. The story is as old as pro surfing itself. To demonstrate growth, the world tour has frequently looked back to remark upon its kitchen-table origins, the tiny but hardcore cluster of spectators at formative…