Recollections of Butch

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The wild spirit of Butch Van Artsdalen, the original “Mr. Pipeline”, is captured here in this collection of stories from some of the people who had the privilege of knowing him in any of the contexts where he most prospered–surfing, rescuing, partying, and brawling.