After yesterday's Hurricane Sandy surf experience, I was sitting in a coffee shop reading Drew Kampion's The Way of the Surfer, and I came across a great article on Tom Curren with an even better title: "Still Waters Run Deep." That's right on the money. It got me thinking about Curren's contribution to the sport. It wasn't a Duke thing or a Hobie thing, a Brown thing, or even a Slater thing, but something completely different. He wasn't a hell-man like Greg Long or an aerialist like, well, every teenager on the planet. It wasn't just a big moment. Curren's moment in the surfing continuum was like a shift in perspective. His full commitment to professional surfing changed surfing's economic paradigm. Then his abandonment of it jolted surfing's collective consciousness. With his back foot firmly planted in the past and his front placed in the future, Tom Curren buried the rail of surf culture, dragged his hand across the creative face of music and surfboard design, and carved a line all his own.
And his artistry continues in his new album called Summerland Road. It's a cool little collection of songs with a mellow vibe and strikingly little to do with surfing on the surface. However, in my interview the American surfing icon, he admits that no matter how much it seems that surfing is missing from his new music, it's never far from his mind. Check the interview: Part 1 and Part 2 with Tom Curren.