"Archy just tore it apart"
- Art Brewer
I was fortunate to grow up alongside Matt Archbold, one of the most electric surfers of the ‘80s and ‘90s. He rode with a cocked front arm that traces back to Cheyne Horan, Michael Peterson, Miki Dora, and probably some Polynesian wave slider circa 1700s—and traces forward to 2016 World Surf League Champion John John Florence. He favored the mid-face man-carve made popular in recent years by Dane Reynolds. He surfed with brute power and wild imagination—you never knew what he was going to do next. Of course, his contest results never reflected his epic talent. He eventually became a free surfer, traveling far and wide on the search for the great piece of blue water to displace. One of his travel buddies was photographer Art Brewer. In 1999 they traveled to the Mentawais—
“That’s the right that comes off of Ebay, just the tail end of EBay on the right,” remembers Art. “We got such good waves at that one spot. It’s one of those really fickle waves, and Archy just tore it apart. Archy was just always amazing.”
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---Jamie Brisick is a writer, photographer, and director. He surfed on the ASP world tour from 1986 to 1991. He has since documented surf culture extensively. His books include Becoming Westerly: Surf Champion Peter Drouyn’s Transformation into Westerly Windina, Roman & Williams: Things We Made, We Approach Our Martinis With Such High Expectations, Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow, and The Eighties at Echo Beach. His writings and photographs have appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He was the editor of Surfing magazine from 1998-2000, and is presently the global editor of Huck. In 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. He lives in Los Angeles. For more of his work check out jamiebrisick.com & @jamiebrisick