Tom Blake

Washburn, Wisconsin, 1989
Surfing leads you through life, especially when you’re young and with hope in your heart.

Tom Blake was 87 when he recorded a long interview with Gary Lynch. Quotes were used in a 1989 SURFER Magazine profile titled Tom Blake: Beyond the Horizon. Blake’s quotes here have been shortened and edited from the original transcript. 

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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 ...