The Enigma of Simmons

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John Elwell’s biographical sketch of Bob Simmons leaves the reader asking whether Bob Simmons was a mythological figure, landmark surfer / shaper, or a mystic combination of both. Elwell explains how Simmons overcame various childhood obstacles to become one of the most innovative surfers / shapers in surfing history.