Shane Beschen

Java, 1997

Never give Slater any extra motivation to beat you. The guy’s fucked up as it is.

Derek Rielly’s interview with Shane Beschen, “The Young Man and the Sea,” ran in the September 1997 issue of Australia’s Surfing Life. Beschen was 25.

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Are you a competitive person?

Yeah. I don’t know. For me, what matters is just busting out in the water. I’d hate to be known as one of the guys who’s always talking shit and never performing. I just do it in the water. Sometimes you get carried away at contests, and you might cause a scene because you lose a heat or something. That jus...