Witzig, John

Bright, acerbic Australian surf journalist and photographer from Sydney; cofounder of Tracks magazine in 1970, but best known for "We're Tops Now," his 1967 Surfer article that celebrated the new generation of Aussie surfers while gleefully bashing the Californians.

Witzig was born (1944) in Sydney, raised near Palm Beach, began surfing in the late '50s, and started writing articles for Australia's Surfing World magazine in 1963. The following year he was a judge for the debut World Surfing ...