Matt Warshaw recorded this interview with Jack Shipley in 1994. Quotes were used in “Stayin’ Alive: 1976 and the Birth of the World Professional Surfing Circuit,” published in the Spring 1995 issue of Surfer’s Journal. Shipley was 53 at the time.
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You’ve been a surf contest judge for how long?
You were the top judge when the IPS launched. What was your actual title?
I was called Directing of Judging.
Were you guys getting paid?
Yeah. Not much, but not bad, at least for the ...