George Downing

Honolulu, Hawaii, 1968

I once said I'd ride Kaena Point for $1,000 per wave. The price and terms have changed since then, due to the rising cost of living.

Originally published in the August 1968 issue of Petersen’s Surfing, titled “George Downing: the Teacher . . . Still Magnificent.” Downing was 38 at the time.

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HAWAII’S PLACE IN SURFING
Hawaii continues to be one of the leaders in surfing. The record will always show that we have our share of the masters of the sport, and a majority of the maestros.

SURFING AS AN OLYMPIC SPORT
Not yet. Because surfing is one of the most subjective sports to judge, it should be allowed to grow furthe...