Watch: Larry McGraw // Five Questions

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Swellnet Dispatch

A few weeks after Steve wrote 'Why Do We Quit', an article that elicited 300-plus comments, septuagenarian swooper Larry McGraw offers his insights on a long surfing life.

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goofyfoot Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 6:49am

That’s a lot of consecutive years to Indo!

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simba Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 6:59am

now thats worth a watch.......

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Surf Raw Files Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 9:36am

Thanks a lot man!

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Dirt Track Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 7:11am

Nice one Larry. Been at it 50 years plus and to be honest, I just like being out on the ocean.

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stunet Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 7:58am

Rather than some complex belief system, that's all you really need, eh? Enjoyment of the ocean.

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andy-mac Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 7:40am

Inspirational stuff!
Living a good life....

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geoffrey Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 7:44am

hes reinforced my belief of fitness regimes: if you do it enough you really dont need to do that much maintenance. or it is kept to minimal levels. this is an overall average obviously there will be exceptions. consistency is the key i think. ive always gotten injured when theres something else going on in life and im not getting in the water as much and youve let some of your critical muscles get a bit lazy.

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GuySmiley Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 8:00am

Good one, Larry living the dream

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dandandan Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 8:19am

Can you imagine the level of stoke and calm you'd be feeling after five months of very very uncrowded G Land?

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Remigogo Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 8:23am

'I never was a ripper.. I'm a swooper and I love it'.

Why not. Gotta love it.

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Fraser G Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 8:51am

To be living like Larry....

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Island Bay Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 9:04am

A good board, some good waves, and all the time in the world.

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memlasurf Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 11:17am

You missed the cold Bintangs to complete the picture IB.

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simba Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 9:36am

yep and im sure having the income of being a dentist helps.........but good on him love the passion.

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cr 95 Friday, 1 Oct 2021 at 4:01am

That's called playing the long game. While a lot of guys were hanging on the beach and forsaking any good employment this guy was getting an education and advanced degree. By the time of his early thirties he can work anywhere and make 15K plus. And those guys who just hung out and surfed? They're living in trailers and hanging out with fat girls. There is a difference between making surfing a lifestyle and integrating surfing into your life.

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simba Friday, 1 Oct 2021 at 6:30am

cr95 totally agree .....

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gcart Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 10:13am

Just when I was about to hang up the board @ 63 . Thanks Larry , I'm inspired . Now where is that vax passport of mine.

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Surf Raw Files Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 9:38am

Thanks a lot man, glad you enjoyed, this gives me extra motivation to keep filming and asking thoose questions to surfers!

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johnruciak Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 10:29am

72-11=61 :) Talk about living the dream!

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mikehunt207 Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 10:39am

Some empty gland for Larry!
Enjoy.

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K.T. Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 11:20am

Inspirational stuff Larry!
Great for me to read after dusting off the cobwebs at the age of 46 :)
Now to do something about that gut haha...

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Spuddups Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 12:27pm

Is he doing a visa run once a month or did he manage to get a special visa somehow?

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Bob Sacamano Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 12:34pm

I love how he laughed off the question about yoga, exercise or a healthy routine. " I just surf and paddle", said by a man with beer in hand and a sunset reflecting off his glasses, I'm sure after a nice day of waves. May you get another 1000 waves Larry, before the floodgates open with wave and Bintang hungry Aussies.

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Optimist Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 1:16pm

Live Like Larry….that has to be the new surfers motto…top fella… enjoyed watching that.

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blower Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 1:29pm

The good ol' days are now.... Good onya Larry, plenty more to come no doubt.

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freeride76 Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 3:27pm

he's surfing great.
solid as.

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Balbero Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 6:14pm

That was Great, saw a 70 old plus mate get a great barrel this morning on a six ft glassy bombie, another 70 old plus bugger packing closeout 3/4 ft runners this arvo. What does this all mean? Never give up the dream to stay healthy and keep surfing. As broken as I am just get that fuckin wettie on and get out there for some more possibilities. I got a barrel myself which has been a long time coming yeeeewww.

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freeride76 Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 6:27pm

thats fkn awesome.

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channel-bottom Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 6:54pm

Great vid.

What section of GLand is he taking off on?

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groundswell Tuesday, 5 Oct 2021 at 10:58pm

Looks like moneytrees on a south swell to me. Definitely not kongs, speedies, ledge or launch pads.

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nickca Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 7:38pm

Mostly positive posts above well done. Every now and then though I get something a bit judgemental… equating his income or profession with a judgement. If I’m in the lineup, boxing ring ,sporting field etc does it really matter? Well done mate! Did he mention or, should he explain his income source or access,only if it’s relevant.

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sean killen Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 8:30pm

LEGEND LARRY.. love ya outlook on life.. keep it up champion

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tiger Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 8:38pm

Saw him there 2 years ago. He got some of the biggest bombs from the pad on a couple of solid speedies days. Inspiring.

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san Guine Monday, 27 Sep 2021 at 11:16pm

"Well, your free time is just as important as your work time..."

That's all you need to know really

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PabloM Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 12:05am

Legend

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belly Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 7:13am

I'm a swooper on short boards ha ha.
What I liked is the work-life advice, I see too many people not taking enough time off.

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Island Bay Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 11:05am

Not everybody can do it, but if you find yourself in a position that allows working less, it's well worth trading money for more freedom and free time.

I took the plunge 8 years ago, and have never regretted it.

I hope I can swoop in Indo at 72, but why not?

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belly Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021 at 11:22am

Oh for sure, I've started to invest in LWOP across the last few years, and I'm lucky I/we can do it. What I can't get my head around is peeps that don't take their 20 days. I had 1 boss that would do 2 weeks NH skiing every summer and 2 weeks golf somewhere every winter. Sure no kids but always gave him something to look forward to, and he worked hard. Self employed is different again, get that.

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dinnerdish Wednesday, 29 Sep 2021 at 7:13am

Hats off to Larry....

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cr 95 Friday, 1 Oct 2021 at 3:49am

It may sound cruel

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drodders Wednesday, 29 Sep 2021 at 7:43am

Loved that - and I love swooping - underrated I think

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Bnkref Wednesday, 29 Sep 2021 at 9:42pm

So good. Inspiring. Need to get back there.

5 months! Solid.

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Vince Neil Thursday, 30 Sep 2021 at 9:44am

met Larry 2 seasons ago....he had unique approach and he dominated on his 8'0....lap after lap after lap of money trees...
Had some sage advice for sure...

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SurferSam Thursday, 30 Sep 2021 at 10:41am

Met him at gland in 2001 and thought he was old then ha ha

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Leebo20 Saturday, 2 Oct 2021 at 7:17pm

Great interview.
Nothing special just keep fit for your time away.

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roondog Tuesday, 5 Oct 2021 at 8:30pm

luv the look of his board

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batfink Saturday, 9 Oct 2021 at 2:17pm

Nothing wrong with swooping. Well on my way to becoming a salty, leather-skinned, swooping battler. Back ending my life after working too much and getting through the family years.

Good luck to you Larry.