Rolf Aurness

California, 1970

Surfing has opened me up artistically. It’s given me a perspective that I never would have had.

“Rolf Aurness: Opening New Doors,” by Steve Pezman, ran in the November 1970 issue of SURFER. Aurness was 18 and had recently won the 1970 world championships. This version has been slightly shortened and edited.

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