Cheyne Horan

Laguna Beach, California, 1990

There was a point where I was selling my boards off one at a time, just to get by.

Quotes from this interview were used in “Cloud Nine: Cheyne Horan Continues to Stretch His Mind, Body and Spirit,” a profile written by Matt Warshaw and published in the August 1990 issue of SURFER, when Horan was 29. Two years earlier, a SURFER profile written Matt George left the impression that Horan, who was then living in an all-male commune near Byron Bay, was gay.

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