Gary Elkerton

Torquay, Victoria, 1996

I’ve never had a problem in the ocean. I feel relaxed out there.

“Gary Elkerton: Still the Authentic Power Surfer,” by John Ellis, ran in the July 1996 issue of Deep magazine. Elkerton was 32 years old, and heading into what would be his last year as a touring pro. This version has been shortened and slightly edited. 

 *  *  *

You just surfed your first WCT event since last year

Yeah, I had a bad accident in September. A dog ran under my front wheel when I was riding my mountain bike. I fell onto the bitumen and broke a bone in my wist called the scaphoid ...