Ted Spencer

Barrenjoey, 1974

When I surf, I dance for Krishna

John Grissim’s interview with Ted Spencer, “When I Surf I Dance for Krishna,” ran in the August 1974 issue of Tracks, when Spencer was 25. “About two years ago,” Grissim wrote in his intro, “while at the height of prominence as one of the country’s top surfers, [Ted] quietly dropped out of active involvement in the sport. Friends reported he had moved into a Hare Krishna temple, had cut his hair and donned saffron robes, and had given up surfing (and sex) entirely. It was a dramatic change fo...