Grubby Clark

Laguna, California, 1972

It’s dirty, messy, and it’s hard work, and it’s not anything you'd dream of doing for a career.

“Foaming: an Interview with Gordon Clark,” written by Paul Chapey, ran in the April 1972 issue of Surfing magazine. Clark was quoted occasionally over the years but seems to be the first and only full-length interview he ever did. Clark was 41 at the time. 

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What are the procedures in making a foam blank?

We buy the raw materials, or basic chemicals. We set off a series of chemical reactions in mixing steps which we then put in a bucket in liquid form and put under a mixer for about...