Walt Phillips

Los Angeles, 1965

It's just like the service—ten-percent of guys are going to get into trouble; are a little bit wild.

Joe Pyne, “America’s First Shock Jock,” interviewed surf filmmaker and Surfing Illustrated publisher Walt Phillips in 1965, at KTLA-TV, and a transcript of their conversation ran in the August issue of Surfing Illustrated. This version has been slightly edited and shortened. 

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