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Pete Peterson (1913-1983)

Aloha and Welcome to this chapter on Legendary Surfer Francis Preston "Pete" Peterson!

Pete was the U.S. Mainland’s contest champion of the 1930s, winning the Pacific Coast Surfing Championships (PCSC) – the major U.S. surfing contest of the period – four times out of ten; in 1932, 1936, 1938 and 1941.

No other surfer came close to his dominance of Southern California waves throughout all of the 1930s and it was not until three decades later that a single surfer racked up as many major contest wins within a similar span of time. Yet, Peterson’s greatness as a surfer was not based so much on his skill as a surfer or contest champion, it was because he was THEE quintessential waterman...

To read about Pete, please go to these Chapter segments:

This chapter is a further evolution of the initial and much smaller LEGENDARY SURFERS chapter on Pete, which can be found at: http://files.legendarysurfers.com/surf/legends/ls08_pete.html.

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