Still, in a 2005 SURFER interview with editor Chris Mauro, Rabbit felt the sting of old wounds, observing that the affair “cut me in half as a man.” The intro above is from The Best of Surfer Magazine, Edited by Chris Mauro and Steve Hawk Foreword by Dave Parmenter, BUSTIN’DOWN THE DOORby Wayne Rabbit Bartholomew With the emphasis of our sport being placed on sophisticated lines of both human and mechanical technology, the year 1976 has thrust mankind into the last quarter of the current century cycle; and, as we draw ever closer towards that controversy-shrouded twenty-first century dateline, a now insignificant minority of individuals, whether they realize it or not, are psychologically adapting themselves for this coming evolution of time.
Actual style and performance were of little consequence until the arrival of the first superstar, Phil Edwards.
In ’59, when Edwards went surfing , many of his down-the-line-peers could not completely comprehend and accept his approach, and he was, therefore, often criticized for executing such radical longboard maneuvers, And for incorporating pronounced body English, and his creativity wasn’t fully recognized until years later.
However, in the end, it was Eddie Aikau who lost his life when he could have used an ocean rescue himself.
Eddie Aikau was born on May 4, 1946 in Kahului, Hawaii and began surfing at a very young age.