Ronnie Burns

North Shore, Oahu, 1986

After a while, surfing Pipe is just like surfing Rocky Point

Matt Warshaw interviewed Ronnie Burns for a 1987 SURFER profile titled “Actions Speak.” Burns was 23.

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Where were you born?

I was born in Orange County, and lived in Dana Point and Costa Mesa until I was four. But I grew up on the North Shore. My parents moved here in 1969. My dad [surfboard glasser Boscoe Burns] used to come here to surf. Phil Edwards offered him a job glassing boards, this was in ’69, and my dad went for it. We lived in Honolulu for a year, then moved out near Turt...