Michael Tomson (1977)

Santa Cruz, 1977

At the moment, professional surfing is a viable proposition for about three people. So by that measure, I could be classed as a have-not.

“Michael Tomson: the African Attitude,” by Steve Pezman, ran in the February 1977 issue of SURFER, when Tomson was 22. This version has been edited and shortened. 

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What part of South Africa are you from?

Durban.

Have you been surfing much lately?

No, I haven’t. The best time tor surfing South Africa is from February through July. Durban’s really good around April and May. The worst time for surf is right now—October, November, December. This is the best time to be traveling.

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