Drew Kampion interviewed Simon Anderson for Surfing magazine’s 1981 “Surfer of the Year” profile, which ran in the May 1982 issue. Anderson was 27.
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There were many skeptics [regarding the Thruster], and some people openly laughed. All year they were saying that the Thruster wouldn’t work. They said it in Australia, and I proved it there; they said it in Hawaii, and I proved it there, too. So to me, it was a very satisfying year. It was my best year ever. I thought I would...