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VINTAGE FIND: 60'S ERA DUNLOP AND TED DAVIDSON

Recently we were contacted by a lady explaining she had found two old surfboards under her Mt Maunganui house, and asked if we could take them away for her. Imagine our surprise to find a completely refurbished Dunlop and a mint condition Ted Davidson.  Dunlop was the major producer of commercial longboards in mid 60's, sold in sportswear stores and matched in number only by the other big manufacture, Atlas Woods. Frank Williams was the man behind the brand, starting off in his parents garage, inspired in 1958 by meeting the Californian's Bing Copperland and Rick Stoner with their foam and fibreglass surfboards, the first modern surfboards ever seen in New Zealand. Frank Williams brand 'Kahuna', and 'Frank Williams Customs', were an instant success and were bought...

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