Swimming, surfing, paddling, sailing—that was my thing. Everything else in life didn’t interest me much.
All quotes below are taken from “Pulling Seaward: Tommy Zahn,” by Malcolm Gault-Williams and Gary Lynch, published in the Spring 2000 issue of Surfer’s Journal. Some of Zahn’s quotes were recorded during interviews, others culled from letters he wrote to Gault-Williams and Lynch, others come Zahn’s own magazine articles. Some quotes have been lightly edited for clarity. Zahn died in 1991, at age 67.
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GROWING UP IN SANTA MONICA
My earliest recollections are of sand and sea. I was startl...