Rubbermann: Larry Bertlemann has Been There and Done That

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Profile on Larry Bertlemann’s rise to surf stardom in the 1970s and then his disappearance from the scene. Kampion tracks him down in Honolulu. His childhood in Hilo is covered, where he got his first wave from a board rented by Rabbit Kekai in Waikiki, to his early contest career. In the 1980s he was partying lavishly and racing bikes, leading up to an injury that almost left him paralyzed.