Harold Iggy

Hermosa Beach, California, 1966

It is a form of surfing, I guess. But a surfer prefers a real wave, not an artificial one.

“This is Harold Iggy” ran in the June 1966 issue of Surfing magazine, when Iggy was 24. Editor Dick Graham recorded the interview.

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If a guy wins a contest, it doesn’t mean that he’s the best surfer in the world. Usually contests are run on a junk day, or the waves aren’t any good, you know, small and choppy. Mostly it’s luck. As far as the judging goes, they can’t really say what’s better than what. If one guy runs to the nose and cuts back really fast, then a second...