Felipe Pomar

North Shore, Oahu, 1965

If I stayed in Peru I was going to have to work, and that would mean less surfing and I didn’t want to do that.

This interview ran in the June 1965 issue of Surfing Illustrated, and was recorded just a few weeks before Felipe Pomar, 22, won the 1965 World Surfing Championships, in Peru. 

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How long have you been surfing, Filipe?

About five years.

And of those five years, how many years in Peru?

Three in Peru, and almost two years here in the Islands.

The surfing you did in Peru, how much good do you think that did as compared to the two years you spent in the islands?

The problem in Peru was that...