Gary Green

Cronulla, Australia, 1987

I always thought I was a kook, pretty much

Quotes from this interview with Gary Green were used in Matt Warshaw’s “True Shades of Green” profile, which ran in the January 1988 issue of SURFER. Green was 24 years old. A few weeks after this interview was recorded, Green, rated #6 in the world, quit the pro tour.

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Did you finish school?

Nah, I left when I was 16. I set a school record that year with 47 missed days.

I read somewhere that you grew up poor? 

Kind of, yeah. My dad worked in a rubber factory and didn’t earn much of a ...