Bob Cooper

California, 1968

I took Dora places, bought him stuff, I was his tool. But I loved every minute of it.

This interview was originally published as “Bob Cooper: Naturally Unique,” in the October 1968 issue of Petersen’s Surfing. Cooper, a regular at Rincon in the late ’50s and early ’60s, sometimes referred to as “the Bearded Bard,” was 31, and dividing his time between Southern California and New South Wales, Australia.

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