John Peck

San Diego, 1963

I hate it! In order for anything to become commercial there must be a mass market. And with this huge market, the sport is ruined.

Bill Cleary interviewed John Peck for the November 1963 issue of Surf Guide. Peck was 19. 

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You’re known for being extremely confident.
I’ve always had an inferiority complex, no matter what. I always feel inferior and cover up with a veneer of superiority. I know I’ll never live down the reputation I have for being conceited. I hear it all the time, “Oh yeah, he’s the guy who wears the T-shirt with ‘Yes, I’m John Peck . . . I Surf’ written on the back.” When I started surfing I reall...