PHIL EDWARDS BY NAT YOUNG
Phil Edwards was my biggest influence. What impressed me about his approach? One word: style. I tried to copy Phil – every move, the way he held his hands, the way he head-dipped, the position of his head. I believe it is the right of kids to copy their heroes until they feel they are good enough to run on their own tracks. The first time I saw him surf was at Pupukea in the winter of 1963, he was surfing a 10 balsa board that worked like a bowie knife. Its name was "Baby". His surfing in Bruce Brown’s movie Surfing Hollow Days at Maili Beach on the west side is still some of the most stylish longboarding I have ever seen. I met Phil in the winter of 63/64 – it was the best thing that ever happened to me on my first trip to Hawaii. He was so cool, wanted me to have his board "Baby", said he had never seen anyone surf it as well as me. We were both tall guys, the board was fantastic, suited me down to the ground but I couldn’t take it back to Oz. I surfed it for weeks but eventually gave it back to Phil.
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