Hanging with 1976 World Champ Peter “PT” Townend at Off The Wall in Hawaii, mid

Hanging with 1976 World Champ Peter “PT” Townend at Off The Wall in Hawaii, mid 1980’s. Peter & I have been friends since the 1970’s when I’d go to the Goldy for school holidays & surf with he & Rabbit. We have a long competitive history from the amateur junior events onto the world pro tour. Peter’s heat strategy was maybe the best of anyone I ever surfed against, a heat with him was an intense encounter & I would come in mentally drained … This is back in the no wave priority sharing days. Heats were intense, you could absolutely hassle the shit out of your opponent & it was totally acceptable. It was actually a badge of honour to be a good hassler. No one ever complained regardless of how intense it got. If you had a whinge you got written off by the contest officials & fellow surfers as a total sook. These days people tend to go into meltdown on the internet if someone gets a bit aggressive in a heat … I watch a heat with a bit of aggro thinking go even harder !!! A huge part of being a good competitor is messing with & getting into your opponents heads, & disrupting their thought processes …. There are a few surfers currently on the @wsl tour who would have liked being on the tour in the 70’s & 80’s , they would have loved the intensity of heats back then. Sorry, I don’t know who took the photo, I saw it on the net. @rabbitbartholomew @iancairns @tracksmag @surfinglife @ronnieblakey_ @joeturpel @mfanno @gabrielmedina @shauntomson @ripcurl_aus @seano888 @coastalwatch @todprod @timryan1959 @mrtoddblinky @mrpottz @thomasvictorcarroll #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsforever #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel

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