Gold Coast, Queensland, 1977
Let my opponent look at me and say “Fuck you,” or ”I love you,” or “Let’s fight it out to the end.” Let’s have some contact.
Phil Jarrat interview Peter Drouyn just prior to the 1977 Stubbies Surf Classic. Drouyn, 29, was the Stubbies contest director, and the event marked the first use of a man-on-man format in professional surfing. Less known today, but touted at the time, Drouyn further proposed that professional surfing also become a “contact sport,” in which a surfer could bodily interact with his opponents, like soccer players or even boxers. This interview ran in a 1977 issue of Tracks magazine.
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