George Thomopolous / Thompson

At school, the headmasters warned parents about the three biggest dangers to the education of their children—surfboards, motorbikes and guitars.

All quotes below are excerpted from “The Greek,” a profile feature written by Garnett Currie and published on the South African Surfing Legends website in 2016. Click here to read the original article in its entirety. 

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FORMATIVE YEARS
My father owned a beachfront café, The Arundel, next door to the Durban Surf Lifesaving Club so it was a short hop and a jump into what was to become a major part of my life. Surfing consumed us. In many ways it was obsessive, to the detriment of every...