drouyn : man-on-man contests, 1977.
Number 79, April 1977, pages 18-19.
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Peter Drouyn's New Rules of Surfing
Don't Worry, Be Heavy.
You want the surfers in this contest to be human.
Until we have some sort of contact in surfing contests it's going to be the same thing year after year.
It's stagnated even though the prize money is bigger these days.
Sponsors don't really see the value in surfing contests.
They just see the value in selling their goods to young people.
Tennis sponsors like tennis.
In surfing the sponsors think surfing contests are ridiculous, they don't understand.
A guy can actually whip a guy off the wave, beat him up, come onto the beach and have a fight if you like.
We won't give any bonus points for it, but the important thing is that they can beat each other up.
This is the sort of contact that can be done along rhythmic lines.
Like Ali dancing round his opponent for the entire first round or Arthur Ashe throwing his racquet over net.
Ali might dance around the ring for the first two minutes but there must eventually be physical contact for a win.
There's got to be a blow thrown.
Now if they wanted to those boxers could dance for 15 rounds without throwing a punch and gonna win?
But surely you're not suggesting surfing is a real contact sport?
Phil, it can be.
I feel it's the only way surfing is going to reach into big money in competition.
Contact, both physically and mentally like boxing.
A blow must be thrown.
Surfing's the same.
I mean I could dance around a ring showing my style and my aggression and what's the judge going say?
Oh, he's got a lot of style.
He would have done well if there's a fight.
There must be contact in surfing.
You've discussed this with a lot of pro surfers around the world over past few months.
What do they think of it?
Let it be known that every surfer I've talked to has been for it, simply because there's no other way to turn.
They realise there's gotta be a radical change and the time is right for it.
They've all expressed this to you?
I'm sure they have, in many erent ways.
In silent ways, in loud ways, in overtones and undertones.
Do you expect much out-of-the-water aggro or psyching out?
A lot of surfers won't want to come into contact so they be trying to psyche the other guy out to avoid it.
You might get a situation where Col Smith will be Joe Frazier.
He'll want to rip and tear and cheat as much as possible to win.
Midget, on the other hand, might dance.
He'd be Ali and he'll want to avoid contact, to win his way.
I'm sure Midget'll dance.
Which surfers will benefit most from this system?
I don't think there's any particular surfer who'll benefit more than the rest.
The ability will be brought out in all surfers, the ability to think and outsmart.
That might sound like it's for university students but it's not.
It's the board under your feet that's your brain.
It's all part of talent and ability.
But there must be some surfers who function better in crowds than others and who'll be ready for contact.
The underdogs, the people who aren't written up in magazines and featured in the movies.
The people who have been thrown out of game because they have that ability to outsmart.
Who? Name names.
I reckon a guy like Bob McTavish could surf well under this system.
Russell Hughes or Ben Aipa.
Of the current stars maybe Terry Richardson, Nat, Midget.
There are a lot of young surfers around who are being wiped out because of their flair.
Were you pleased when the Bells organisers decided to adopt your system in part?
Do you think other contests will follow suit?
I really hope so.
I'm not in it for my own piece of the action.
I'd rather turn into obscurity.
I'm doing it for surfing.
I'm doing it for a lot of good surfers that even you don't know about.
I'm doing it for the public.
I'm doing it for the good people in surfing who want to buy houses and blocks of land and get into businesses and get knocked back by governments and police because they've got board racks on top of the car.
My aim stretches so far for the good of young people generally and surfers in particular that there's not enough time for Peter Drouyn.
What will you do if the system fails?
In the past I've tended to be over-optimistic about things and I've been let down something bloody shocking.
I'm taking a neutral approach with this contest; if it doesn't work Drouyn bows out for another year, but hell be back.
You'll hear from me again.
- Phil Jarratt
1. First you drop in on your opponent ...
2. ... then you cut right around him ...
3. ... and turn hard on his heels ....
4. ... back at the top with this much to spare ..
5. ... and you're in front of him again ..
6. ... and you've psyched him out, you've effectively cheated.
Poster Centrefold: Crystal Cylinders
Crystal Cylinders Tote Bag
Image forwarded by Chris, November 2014.
This is my own 9'6" Cord double-ender, acquired five years ago when Harpo took over Kevin Platt Surfboards at Noosa.
It was shaped by Kevin Platt in 1965 and I paid Harpo the princely sum of 25 cents, a can of Coke and a packet of Marlboro for it.
It's 23" wide with a rolled bottom and it goes great on small, fast peelers.
(Right)This is Wally Wipeout's twelve foot balsa big gun, shaped by Scott Dillon in 1962.
Wally, 37 of Narrabeen, bought it that year to take to Hawaii where he cracked Waimea at 25 feet and several big days at Sunset.
The board weighs 42 lbs and sports two redwood stringers and a three-stringered tail block.
Wally hasn't ridden it in ten years but he says he wouldn't part with it.
Effective cheating by Micki Dora, Malibu 1969.