Perhaps no world champion in the history of professional surfing enjoyed a meteoric rise to surf stardom as Tom Curren did in the early 80s. He went from dominating amateur contests to dominating the world tour seemingly overnight. And he did it all with soul and modesty. Today's pros could use a dose of Tom's humility...
"Foreign Invasion: The End of Aussie Dominance?" covers the Australian leg of the pro tour. Familiar names like Shaun Tomson still reign, along with relative newcomers Curren, Gary "Kong" Elkerton, Cheyne Horan, and East Coaster Wes Laine.
Speaking of Cheyne Horan, he's profiled by Paul Holmes in this issue. He showed the world he could be competitive, even innovative, on controversial "laser-zap" single-fin designs. A "Northlands" pictorial focuses on our neighbor to the north, Santa Cruz. Vince Collier and Richard Schmidt own the place. "Black Surfers of the Golden State" highlights men of color who ride waves on behalf of the Black Surfing Association, founded by Tony Corley.
"Opportunities and attitudes have lagged far behind deeds when considering those black athletes who chart their course outisde of the sports mainstream. If sports can be considered a reflection of society, then perhaps the emergence of the black surfer is another manifestation of a turning of the tide."
This issue is in very good or Betty-plus condition, about 85 percent of mint. Very light cover and spine wear with no pulling at staples. No torn or missing pages and no cutouts.
Packaged in an archival-quality clear plastic sleeve with an acid-free mat backing board.