24 May '13, 3pm
EIC Starre's father is a lifelong surfer. Here's his take on surfing, the environment, and the future of waves.
Gerry Vartan began surfing in 1964 when he was a lifeguard at Rockaway Beach, New York. There he joined 2 other crazies who started the first east cost surfing magazine, Atlantic Surfing. He opened up Puerto Rico to surfing and named a number of breaks including Rincon East (where once stood only palm trees, the surf break & Marie’s little general store wooden shack, and is now a 5 star resort). After a 9 year break in Canada because of the illegal war in Vietnam ( didn’t want to shoot anyone or get his ass shot off) he moved to Sydney, Australia and has surfed the Maldives 5 times, Java any number of times and the east coast of Australia constantly. He now lives by the sea in Coledale about 50 miles South of Sydney. He surfs when there’s surf, which is least twice a week. He has been married to painter Kris Ammitzboll for 20 years, and has one daughter, Starre Vartan, one...