Aloha and Welcome to this chapter on Legendary Surfer Francis Preston "Pete" Peterson!
Pete was the U.S. Mainland’s contest champion of the 1930s, winning the Pacific Coast Surfing Championships (PCSC) – the major U.S. surfing contest of the period – four times out of ten; in 1932, 1936, 1938 and 1941.
No other surfer came close to his dominance of Southern California waves throughout all of the 1930s and it was not until three decades later that a single surfer racked up as many major contest wins within a similar span of time. Yet, Peterson’s greatness as a surfer was not based so much on his skill as a surfer or contest champion, it was because he was THEE quintessential waterman...
This chapter is part of LEGENDARY SURFERS Volume 3: The 1930s, published in 2012, and is the most complete biographical information about Pete freely available anywhere.