Pat Curren


When Tom was 18 months old, he would do a perfect lay-back somersault and I would catch him. Even then he had balance and style.

Steve Yarbrough’s interview with Pat Curren ran in the August 1993 issue of Surfing magazine. Curren was 60. This version has been slightly edited.

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I grew up bodysurfing and bellyboarding in Mission Beach. In the early ’50s, I moved to La Jolla and got really serious about it. At Windansea, Buzzy Bent, Tony Cromwell, Buddy Hall and the Ekstrom brothers were all riding these huge 11-foot balsa-redwood planks. Buzzy was one of the first to change over to the Joe Quigg chip,...