A Flashback To Larry Bertlemann

On the rattlesnake speedways of media, Surfing Magazine’s gaze is forever fixed forward. We don’t set out to tell the tales of the past. Instead, we set out to cover the most important things that are happening now and help build the future. But there’s a reason they teach you history in school -- or at least try to teach you history while you draw waves on your notebook -- and that reason is because you can learn from it. For example…

Larry Bertlemann was one of the most futuristic surfers of the past. His approach is retro now, but it was progressive then. Surfing has done a whole lot of changing in the 40 or so years since this was filmed, but there’s something about Larry’s attitude and approach that can be applied to modern surfing. Think about that.

Especially before your next surf.