“In the future, surfing might be going into aerials; I call them Larryials,” said Larry Bertlemann in a 1982 interview. Larry, you were absolutely correct. Bertlemann, one of surfing’s greats throughout the ’70s, was a flamboyant pioneer of today’s high-performance shortboard style. “Rubberman” blended tuberiding, top-to-bottom vertical surfing, and early-stage airs in a package that was impossible to miss. Perfect afro, giant Pepsi logos on his board, the occasional wearing of bright red and blue bell bottoms at Pipe. A standout character in an era full of them.
Happy Birthday Larry.