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Simon Anderson (1981)

Some people openly laughed. All year people they were saying that the Thruster wouldn’t work.

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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LAST LAUGH
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...