Jeff Hakman

North Shore, 1971

Surfing is almost a way to fly.

Originally published in the May 1971 issue of SURFER, with the title “Jeff Hakman: the Ultimate Flash?” No author credit, but probably written by either Drew Kampion or Steve Pezman. 

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How did you start surfing?

I really didn’t like it at first. I just thought it was kind of miserable. It was cold and I didn’t have the right kind of surfboard or anything. I went on like that, just sort of riding whitewater and never really getting stoked, and then after about a year and a half I got ...