Larry Bertlemann

Hawaii, 1979

I've been on more surf magazine covers than anyone in the world.

The quotes below are excerpted from “The Secret to Making the Cover, $80,000 a Year, and 360s: Or why Larry Bertlemann Had to Have His Phone Disconnected and Other Startling Facts about Surfing’s Rubberman,” by Phil Jarratt. The article ran in the December 1979 issue of Surfer. Bertlemann was 24 years old. 

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What’s it like trying to combine a family life and the life of a pro surfer?

Pretty difficult. It splits your life in half, especially when you’re traveling and you have to think...