I was a small-wave specialist. Riding choppy, shitty waves—that’s where I was at.
Quotes from this interview by Matt Warshaw were used for a 1996 Surfer’s Journal articled titled “Green on Blue: Kelly Slater’s Million Dollar Deal, and Other Thoughts on Surfing for Hire.” Propper was 49 years old.
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You sold a ton of Gary Propper Model surfboards in ’66 and ’67, won a million contests, but you didn’t have a super-high profile here in California, or in Hawaii.
I never went to Australia. I never really went anywhere back then. I wanted to be strictly East Coast. Nothi...