Johnny Fain of Malibu

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Danny Aaberg’s interview with one of Malibu’s earliest gremlins, Johnny Fain. This piece explores the early surf scene in Malibu along with the rise of competitive surfing. On a more personal level, Aaberg & Fain discuss Johnny’s surfing career, injuries, removing himself from the surf scene to step into the acting spotlight, and eventually diving back into the water despite his discrepancies with constantly growing crowds.