Joey Cabell

Honolulu, 1995

My deal was to hold it in the curl as long as I could, then make it. No leeway. It was like the bullfighters, you know, how close can you come to the horns.

Matt Warshaw interviewed Joey Cabell in 1995, when Cabell was 57. Quotes from this interview were used in “At Speed: Joey Cabell’s Life of Precision and Control,” which ran in the Summer 1996 issue of Surfer’s Journal.

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When and where were you born?

December 10, 1938, here in Honolulu. I was an only child.

What did you folks do?

My mom taught first grade. My dad was an accountant.

What did your family do during the war?

Pearl Harbor was bombed three days before my 3rd birthday, and the...