Terry Fitzgerald

Hawaii, 1972

Surfing is fun. If we all remembered that, we wouldn’t worry about cutting each other’s throats.

“Terry Fitzgerald: Perceptive Exploration,” by Drew Kampion, ran in the March 1973 issue of SURFER. Fitzgerald was 22 years old. 

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How do you see yourself in relation to the rest of surfing?

It’s hard to give a cut-and-dried answer, because I have fluctuations within myself. When I’m down, which thank God isn’t too often, my stimulation for the whole thing can dry up. When I’m on a high, sometimes nothing can go wrong. My surfboard is the instrument and surfing is my expression. I tr...