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Steve Lis

San Diego, California, 1974
On a clean, hollow, lined-up wave, I would say that a kneerider can go faster than a surfer. It’s a flash; you’re going so fast the whole thing is just a flash.

“Mysto Man,” Warren Bolster’s interview with Steve, was originally published in the December 1973 issue of Surfing. Lis was 23.

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What made you want to start surfing?

Just living by the ocean all my life, it was an easy path to follow. Playing in the ocean every day you find that surfing is a game you can play all the time.

What made you get into kneeriding as opposed to stand-up surfing?

When I started out, surfboards were really big and I was a very small kid. I just went each ste...