Tom Curren's Mile of Style

Tom Curren's surfing, even at a young age, was stylish to the point of being ethereal. By 1982, it looked as if he'd already booked a place in surfing Valhalla, next to Blake, Dora, and Lopez.

Aussie flamboyance was the rule for the generation of pros who came of age in the 1980s. Gary Elkerton told an interviewer that his American counterparts were “a bunch of softcocks.” Seventeen-year-old Mark Occhilupo, in his first Surfer portrait, grinned like a jack-o-lantern while caressing a bottle of champagne tucked into his jacket. Sydney surf journalist John Witzig fondly remembered young T...

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