Matt Kivlin

Los Angeles, 1998

The “Malibu style”—we got from Rabbit Kekai. We brought it back from Hawaii. Before that, everybody here just stood on the tail.

Writer Jeff Duclos interviewed Matt Kivlin for a 1998 Longboard magazine profile titled “Matt Kivlin: A Precedent of Style.” 

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He’s someone I knew my whole life. [Peterson’s brother was married to Kivlin’s aunt.] I’d see Pete at family gatherings or run into him at the beach. He always had his own way of doing things, and was good at everything he did. I worked one summer at the Jonathan Club [Santa Monica] as a beachboy. This was 1943, I was 14. I had a paddleboard tha...