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Claude Codgen

Cocoa Beach, Florida, 1968
If a person is a great surfer, they know something that you don’t know. And that’s what I try to look for. I learn from them all.

Claude Codgen was 20 years old when Petersen’s Surfing magazine interviewed him. “A Candid and Casual Conversation with the first Eastern Surfing Association Champion” ran in the June 1968 issue. 

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Now that you’re the 1967 East Coast contest circuit champion, how do you feel?

I feel that I was very fortunate, and also very lucky. I think it was just a lucky break.

What do you think about the contest circuit in general?

I think it’s, as long as there you know where you have to be, when...