Mike Tabeling

We were eating, living, dreaming, dying for surf

Matt Warshaw interviewed Florida’s Mike Tabeling in late 2014, four weeks before Tabeling died of kidney cancer, at age 65

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You and Gary Propper and Bruce Valluzzi and Claude Codgen all grew up in Cocoa Beach. What’s the age difference between you guys?

The Cocoa Beach High School class of ’66 had Gary, Claude, and Bruce—all three graduated the same year. I was a grade behind.

Propper was the first to get a lot of attention.

Well, he was the best surfer. He was just on his own planet, ...