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 -

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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