Most of the quotes here are taken from “A Visit to Rell’s Motel,” by Mark Cunningham, which ran in the Fall 1993 issue of Surfer’s Journal. Sunn was 42 at the time. Additional quotes come from “Rell Sunn: Long Live the Queen,” by Bruce Jenkins, which ran in the June 1995 issue of SURFER.
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A surf bum? Sure. I love being called that. The most stressful part of my day is figuring out what board I’m going to ride.
We grew up on the other side of Makaha Beach, in a Quo...