Joe Quigg (1997)

Hawaii, 1997

I liked Simmons. But his Cal Tech math was all backwards. I’m a hands-on trial-and-error man.

Steve Pezman interview Joe Quigg in 1997 for “Turning Points,” which ran in Surfer’s Journal in December, 2011. This version has been slightly edited and shortened.

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You took a lot of great photos during a period when surfing was being defined in California. [Note: Quigg was a skilled amateur photographer as well as a surfer and boardmaker]

I was a Photographer’s Mate in the Navy during the war and studied at Art Center afterward. I made those images after the war. You know, I was ther...