A fixture of the Southern California surfing scene,
Steve Pezman began surfing in 1957 while attending Wilson
High in Long Beach, frequenting Seal Beach/Huntington
surf. Spent 1962 in Hawaii during which Dr. James photo
was taken at Sunset that November (Steve had borrowed
and broke Bill Wetzel’s gun without asking permission,
while Bill was on airport run.) Began shaping mid-60s,
partnered with Stu Herz as industries 1st private label
board builders, ending up co-owning HB surf shop Creative
Design-late 60s, began free-lance writing first surfboard
design articles and then travel articles.
He joined Petersen’s International Surfing mag
as Assoc. Editor in ’69, moved to Surfer in same
capacity in ’70, served as Publisher/Surfer ’71-’91.
With wife Debbee, started The Surfer’s Journal
in ’92. Over last several decades have authored
many articles on surfing for surf and general audience
pubs, published the Book of Waves, the Masters of Surf
Photography and Pioneer series of surf photo books,
and along with Debbee, Executive Produced The Surfer’s
Journal T.V. series (’68-01) for Outdoorlife network.
Dr. Don James 1962