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THE MIDLENGTH EVOLUTION: A SHORT HISTORY AND A YOUNG WAYNE LYNCH

 LIVING IN A CHYLD’S DREAM: The History of Mid-length Surfboard Riding is Now A short history by Kent Turkich. Originally found here at Australian Surfing Resurrection.  Living in a chYld’s dream! In spring 1967 the surfboard rider and shaper BoB Mctavish was eking out a spiritual existence living in various houses Sydney’s Whale Beach on a diet of r&b, psychedelic music, Mary Jane and LSD. Warumfff! As though the summer cricket season had come early, he had the vision to put vee bottom contours like the back of cricket bats onto increasingly shorter, lighter and thinner surfboards. Initially the boards were otherwise like the involvement style logs born in Noosa (where they still prevail) and exhibited some hang-ups in 9 foot proportions....

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A LOOK BACK: PUNI'S FARM

Enjoy this early footage of Mount Maunganui legends Allan Byrne and Kevin Jarrett surfing Puni's Farm during the early 70's shortboard revolution. The clip also features an interesting history of how how Byrne and Jarrett developed chopped down surfboards for flat day fun behind a ski boat, which later developed into skurfing and ultimately the sport of wakeboarding.  http://lastparadisefilm.com/

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VINTAGE FIND: 60'S ERA BOB DAVIES

Bob Davie was an Sydney surfer who came to New Zealand in 1963 on a working holiday but ended up staying. Over the years Bob had a number of factories in Gisborne, Mt Maunganui, Auckland and finally Whangamata, and trained many of New Zealand’s best known shapers. Bob’s designs were at the forefront of of the New Zealand surf scene and his boards gained a reputation for being current and experimental. Early adopters of Bob’s boards were top surfers of the time such as Allan Byrne. Here is a mid 60's traditional shape produced out of Mt Maunganui. It is heavily worn but beautifully restored to a gloss coat.   

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A LOOK BACK: MOUNT MAUNGANUI

The turn of the 21st century has been a period of radical change. The technological revolution may have not have given us flying cars, but we have smartphones, the internet, and a way of life that even H. G. Wells couldn't have predicted. I recently came across a number of historical photos of Mt Maunganui and its surrounds on the database of the National Library of New Zealand. The photos are testament to how much has really changed. I offer a number of them below with some perspective and comments.    Wharf construction on the Port of Tauranga 1st of October 1954 by Whites Aviation. There has been a lot of talk lately by the local surfing community whether the harbour dredging for...

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