Lost Bolts.


With 1300 unread emails occasionally some VERY important messages slip through unread. 

"Hello, I have a surfboard that I am thinking of selling and don't know how much to ask for it. I am attaching some pics for you to see. I have had the board in my house for quite some time.  Would you be interested in adding it to your collection? Please let me know what you think.  Thank u Nancy"

- Pigment coat Gerry Lopez pintail.........Don't know how much to ask for it........







I don't even know where this one came from, but geez its a nice one too.



Kailua Gold


Simon wrote to say-

G'day, I found this board recently in a junk heap. 
Once I cleaned of the dust and wax this is what I found ....GOLD. 
All I know is that it is a 1979 model made in Kailua at the old factory it is 6'2" but very similar to the one on your blog so I thought you might be interested in seeing it. 



The unassuming pioneer, Gary Green


There are some sights, some smells, some pieces of music that immediately take you back to a time and a place.
Seeing the three elements of a black arched crescent spray down the rails of a force 9 thruster with a Billabong logo under the glass took me back to 1985 and troubled times of anti hero Gary Green, the surfer who like me, just wanted to have fun.


Did he make the cover of Surfer - Yes.
Was he ranked number 6 in the world- Yes.


Will I fix it up - probably.
Will I surf it - maybe.
Will I keep it for the sake of history - definitely.


Black rock before the Boggie boards




Did he want to surf pro comps in inland swimming pools - no.

 So he quit the tour and became the worlds first professional free surfer.
The fact he made that happen, made that a possibility, made that a real thing, at the end of a long and difficult road, if what makes this board special to me.



KC twin fins


Newport's Greg Trotter's surfboard and Gary Green's surfing made a deep impression on me as a grom through the pages of Surfing World.

I feel privileged to be the custodian of this original late 70's twin.

Here are two more fine examples that I've crossed paths with recently.
His love of and commitment to the rainbow laminate fin is truly to be commended!








1983 US made McCoy Lazor Zap


No serious surfboard collection is complete without a Geoff McCoy designed Lazor Zap. One of the most influential and controversial of all of the designs of the innovation period. Yet this must have design is not easy to ride, in Geoff's own words is " To take advantage of the Lazor Zap design you need to be a high level surfer". 
Geoff says "In 1978 I began a design revolution with the introduction of my Lazor Zap concept; with its wide area, thick tail and extremely pointed low resistant nose area this Lazor Zap design revolutionised surfboard design." Indeed Simon Anderson credits Geoff as one of the 5 fathers of the 'Thurster' as he incorporated the 'no nose' and pulled back mid point into his 3 fin design.


This particular example is a US version of the design shaped by Tom Watson in Cosa Mesa in August 1983. 
Beautiful in its simplicity and decoration.


I'm pleased to share with the before and after pics of my US made zap as the original stickers tell as much of a story as does the board.




















I was fascinated to read the following statement on the Mc Coy website by Goeff McCoy about the star fin made famous by Cheyne Horan and synonymous with the Lazor zap design- 
"McCoy Ben Lexcen Fin Disclaimer:
This statement is to inform people that the Ben Lexon designed keel fin is in no way my fin of choice. I do not recommend it to be used in any of my Geoff McCoy designed surfboards.
Never have I had any involvement with the design and I certainly have not and do not recommend its use in a surfboard.
The original Lazor Zap fin is a refined Dolphin fin design. In recent years I have developed and recommend my Gull Wing fin.
My Gull Wing has been designed specifically for my wide thick tail single fin boards and has proven itself to be extremely efficient and a very reliable performer in a wide range of wave sizes and conditions.."






MR / RA / Victory & Mango


Mark Richards posted this pic this morning by Brian Bielmann.
"Pipeline Hawaii, mid 80's. Weirdest thing, I'd just arrived in Hawaii and driven out to Haleiwa stopping for a burger for lunch. I grabbed an issue of the latest Free Surf and was flicking through it and discovered this shot of me. 
I was so stoked to see it, its a rare event to get a shot in a surf mag these days. I don't remember the exact year but the board was a 7' 4", 19" wide and 2 3/4" thick. It was a thruster that I had shaped from a Burford blank in Australia. 
The tail had a wing swallow, with a round wing / flyer and the bottom shape was a flat panel fee. Another board I don't have but wish I still did."

Matt's MR.
MR's post prompted me to pull the following pics out.

We can be forgiven for getting over excited when finding an old board bearing a collection of some of the most iconic logos  from the 80's. Especially when this collection of logos belonged MR.
Although I stopped following competitive surfing in 1988 I feel that I can safely predict that no one will ever win more than 4 world titles in a competitive surfing career. 
 Therefore I proclaim Mark Richards to be the greatest surfer of all time!

What?! Kelly from Florida? Who is she?!


MR's designs were as sought after at the times as they are now.
So its no surprise to learn that he and other board makers made many replica's of MR's competition quiver to use as promotional items.



Gav's MR in OZ.



Burt's MR's in US


But what was a lot harder to explain was this crop of Robert August boards that were made with both Victory logo's and Mango logos. I've been lucky enough had a lot of comments and inputs.-

"Hi - I worked for Mango at the time and can tell you that this Mango Logo (above) pre dates this one "Victory Wetsuits / Mango Surfwear team board mystery." Who shaped the boards? i have no idea...though was near the end for Mango. "

"Hi- I recently picked up a Robert August Mango Victory team board, I was cleaning it up today and the same thing no markings of dimensions or shaper or numbers of any kind,the board is pretty solid,has a bright green to bright yellow fade on the top,its 5'9" and is a pretty sleek tri fin....fits right in with my collection......aloha "

"Hey mate, this board might be from lennox, Victory wetsuits was the huge brand in town at the time and Mango was owned by Donnie Munro at the time as well, Mango and victory sponsored LE BA our local boardriding club."

Even Barton Lynch tried to help-

"Not mine mate but I know Mark Richards rode for those companies so could be his. I will forward to him and see what he says, cool?"


Bill's Robert August.
Then Bill wrote about this one-

"Hi- I stumbled across your site and blog while researching a Robert August board I came to own for about the past 20 years. In my research I came across your site and found myself reading and enjoying the photos for hours. Thank you for your efforts - it warms my heart and toes just reading about surfing and the community. I have no way of knowing if I have something of value - or if it is pure junk.  I bought this out of a land locked beach / surf themed bar in Denver Colorado. I was told at the time when they launched the bar they had some big name surfers stop out at the grand opening weekend and dedicate a surf board to the bar for decoration. This board - among others - was suspended from the ceiling of the bar by wire - through three holes drilled through the board itself. When I bought the board it was covered in wax - which I removed - and a few beat up stickers - I also removed to see if there was further damage. I displayed the board in my home as a cool decoration but for the past 15 years it has been in storage here in Minnesota (read Minnesota as cold and land locked AKA miserable). The board is 5 ft 1 inch (a bit shy of 1.6 meters) and is about 18 inches wide (a bit over .5 meters) wide. Can you give me a quick opinion on my Robert August board?"

He did some more home work and tracked down our answer-

"Hi- Mystery solved. I tracked down and reached out via email to the founder of Mango Surfwear, a super nice guy named Don Munro. Don replied sending the email below to fill in the details around the Mango / Victory - Robert August Surfboards. - Bill"

 Hi Bill- My apologises for the delay in replying to your inquiry. There is a very simple explanation.....as the Founder/Owner of Mango Surfwear in 1994 I traveled to the US & negotiated with the owners of Victory Wetsuits to be the USA licensee of the Mango brand! This explains the correlation of the two brands & the connection with Robert August was he was a friend of the VW owners. The board being the size it is it could have been originally used for promotional/display purposes. I hope this solves the mystery for you! 
As a matter of interest how did you track me down?! - Don Munro







And then there was this one-

"Hi, I came across your article about your mystery victory/ mango marked Robert August and figured I'd share this with you. 
Its somewhat a mystery board, built by Bruce Grant and held in his personal collection until recently. I have no other info on it.........."