1969 Santa Cruz Big-Wave Contest


Pat Cosgrove

Governing Body:

Western Surfing Association (WSA)


Excerpt from "Big-Wave Backdrop," Dru Harrison and Walt Phillips, Surfing, March 1970

WALT: Rolf Aurness really ripped. That first ride of his set the pattern for the whole contest. Sixteen guys tore Steamer Lane apart.

DRU: Did they ever! As a judge, I'm really stingy with points. I can't remember ever giving 20 points for a ride before, but in this contest I gave the limit six times. Three times to Pat Cosgrove, twice to Aurness, and once to Mike Hynson. And one of Rolf's was on that firs...