Tom Blake

Washburn, Wisconsin, 1989

Surfing leads you through life, especially when you’re young and with hope in your heart.

Gary Lynch interviewed Tom Blake in 1989, when Blake was 87. Quotes were used in a SURFER profile titled “Tom Blake: Beyond the Horizon.” The quotes here have been shortened and edited from Lynch’s original transcript. 

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FIRST TRY AT SURFING
When I was a child, nine or 10 ten years old, I saw a newsreel from Hawaii of surfing in Waikiki. Just a short clip, but it left a very strong impression. Later on, after school years, I left home, got out to California, and saw my first surfboard ...