Cutting Back

A Glimpse into SURFER's Time-Capsule

| posted on January 14, 2011

JANUARY 1989. Vol. 30, No. 1

On the Cover:
Brock Little. Photo: Warren Bolster

Worst Article Title
Just Wham!…Life Commitment
The surfing experience: It grabs you hard, shakes you up, makes you smile.

“Things have changed. I relate my life in Montana to the original North Shore: it’s uncorrupt, and as close to pristine as possible. That’s what surfing was once like.”—Fred Van Dyke

“I came, I saw, I got carved.” —Terry Fitzgerald



Men: Women:
10. Brad Gerlach 5. Damien Hardmen 5. Pam Burridge
9. Derek Ho 4. Martin Potter 4. Jodie Cooper
8. Shaun Tomson 3. Gary Elkerton 3. Wendy Botha
7. Mark Occhilupo 2. Tom Carroll 2. Kim Mearigr
6. Barton Lynch 1. Tom Curren 1. Frieda Zamba




Excerpts from the Richie Collins’ Profile

On technique: “I just hit it again and again as hard as I can, as many times as possible, until I fall or the wave ends, one or the other.”

On hairstyle: “When I have a shaved head it feels like I can think better. When I’ve got hair it feels kind of like a helmet, keeping everything inside my head sort of trapped.”

On Curren: “I think the guy’s an unreal surfer, yeah. But when I catch myself doing one of those Curren head-snaps, I punch myself in the face. That’s his thing, not mine.”

On free time: “Guys are going, ‘Hey, let’s look at this, or let’s go look at that.’ And I’m going, ‘Hey I’m not here to be a tourist. I could care less about what this place has to offer. I’m here to do a job. I’m here to surf a contest, then I’m going to get my ass out of here, over to the next contest.’”

  • Sean K. Moore

    Sweet nostalgia. Keep ’em coming.

  • Jason

    I remember that issue.

  • Mark

    Yeaaaaah Surfer.. make this a regular feature, will you? Love it.

  • Jorge Martins

    I remember that issue too, and I miss “Maynard and the Rat” a lot!!!

  • Geoff

    I remember that issue! I was a wide eyed 13 year old grom and half that magazine’s photos were probably taped to the bedroom wall. I also remember reading about Richie Collins and thinking he was kind of a tool.

  • Nek

    I remember that issue. That cover is Brock at Pinballs if i remember correctly.HA!
    Amazing how one can remember an issue even after not seeing it in 20 years. Thanks Surfer!

  • henry cartledge

    is it possible to get old issues of surfer and if so how?