Clean up.

People say to me "how do you find the space to keep all those boards"
Well, I don't and sometimes your just got to make room. 
Sadly I had to let these pieces of surf history go this week.
At least I was able to stay true to my motto "Buy high, sell low, enjoy the ride"

This interesting Hot Buttered by Greg Webber that features the decal that was soon to become Webber surfboards.

A very early version of the thruster design by Northern Beaches boy Greg Trotter.

Dean Edward's, originally from Malibu, now shaping in Hawaii.

I would have like to have found out who "Aussie Dingo Boy" was.

Sadly the mystery of the Laurie Byrne Clinker will never by solved.
Which Hawaiian travelling pro was this made for?
Larry, Dane or Vince?


I don’t know much about MTB other than that I seem to have collected a bunch of nice images lately that have been sent to me or come my way that I felt were worthy of sharing.

It appears they were skilled and innovative crafts men, at the top of their game in the late 80’s putting out some pretty cutting edge designs. 

Here is what I do know. MTB was Don Mulhern, Donald Takiyama and Garry Brumett. They were like the surfing equivalent of a supergroup like Wings, the Travelling Wilberries or Crozby Stills, Nash and Young, Cream or the Wiggles. The collaboration didn’t last long, but while it did, MTB was one of the hottest labels of its time. 

 A very fine channel bottom pin tail twin fin. 

They seemed to be pretty committed to the concept of the single wide channel.

Famous for their sprays. Here is a nice twin fin with some original Phil Robert's art work.

I hope everything is Ok at Nick's house. He seems to be moving a few pieces of gold on Ebay at the moment.

Like sand through my fingers.

From Bugg's at Surfboardline, to me, to Marksurfbig, to Kris at The VintageSurfboard.
Around and around she goes.
It's all about sharing surfboards and meeting people.

Cheyne Horan's personal Southern Cross McCoy comes up for sale!

The three most influential and important designs of the innovation period are generally considered to be Mark Richards twin fin design, Geoff McCoy's no nose Lazor Zap and Simon Anderson's thruster. It could be argued that because Mark Richard's credits his inspiration to Reno Abalirio and Simon credits Geoff McCoy as one of the 5 fathers of the thruster then it stands to reason that Geoff's innovation is the most influential of the three. Although widely under appreciated at the time many of Geoff's theories on surfboard design have since been proven valid in recent years, such as the 5'8" Cheyne Horan rode at Wiamea Bay in 1982 whose plan, rocker and foil has been adopted by big wave tow in surfers today.

It is unusual for one of the rare original examples from this formative period to come up for sale, because Mark , Cheyne and Simon were competing on them and rode most of them to death.
But we have been privileged to share with you, for the first time in more than 25 years, one of Geoff's original designs from Cheyne Horan's personal collection. 
His 1994 Red and Blue, Southern Cross, Rainbow serpent,  5’6” single fin.

One of the most important, influential and collectible boards of the modern era and a board that I would kill to own (so don't come too near me cause I'm serious!)

Cheyne Horan rode this board for over 5 years, all over the world and with the Ben Lexcen Star-Fin, the Albatross wing fin the seagull wing fin and the round fin. 
Cheyne says "The reason I used all different fins on this board is because of how good the board went in all conditions. From 1 ft Bondi to 20 ft Sunset. The board rides extremely smooth and fast." "The best waves I ever had on it were at back door pipeline in Hawaii" Cheyne says.

“This board was from a time when I was pushing the limits of small boards in big waves, the time when the the first tow surfing era was about to begin.”
"Tom Curren was doing the same thing (on his famous 5'10" fishes) we were the only two surfers on the planet pushing the limits of small boards in big waves. Then Matt Kechelle from Florida (who used to make Kelly Slaters boards) sent me straps that I could stick on with Velcro. This allowed for some magic moments, putting the board on extreme edges, holding the rail over further then it had ever been before at super high speeds. Doing flips of which I had seen Rush Randle doing first at Rocky Point. Now we were surfing upside down attached to the board. I was doing massive stale fish airs grabbing the tail at the end and pointing the nose down into the bowl."

"This board has its own history that I could write a book about." Cheyne says.

Surfing without a leash has left the board with many dings collected from OTW, Back Door, Rocky Point, Lennox Head, Burleigh Heads and Uluwatu.
"It gives the board lots of original character." Cheyne says.

The time has come for Cheyne to sell the board, for the first time. He is open to offers and can be contacted directly at

Spider Murphy Safari twin fin. Part 2.

After enjoying spending many hours fixing her up and getting her watertight I finally got to take her out for a test ride. There were some nice overhead lefts and the board went far better than expected. Lots of volume made it a joy to paddle and catch waves and despite the thickness the vee in the tail let it fly rail to rail. Putting my 100kgs into a top turn I felt that familiar feeling as it let go and spun around and I knew that second I just lost a one of a kind 36 year old fin!

Digging around I found a fantastic article on Spider on World Champions of Surfing.
"Spider’s home planet of South Africa, a rugged pinnacle of surfing coastline teeming with as much surfing talent as it is with great white sharks, would spin him another dose of surfing mojo in a 15 year old regular footer with a need for speed and lust for the air. Murphy sculpted yet another iconic set of boards that would define the first step in the coming aerial revolution. Martin Potter’s green “The Saint” quiver remains emblazoned in every 40-something surfer’s mind, as they watched this teen school everyone from Tomson to Kealoha to Richards to Carroll in the magazine pages and the new VHS video format. It was 1981, a fitting number to begin a new era of surfing, and Potter and his speed lines at the Guston 500 on that 5’5″ Spider Murphy twin-fin shut the door on the past like punk rock did on disco. At 14, he had already beat Shaun Tomson in East London in his first pro event and finished just behind two of the most exiting athletes in surfing: Dane Kealoha in the Gunston and Cheyne Horan in the Mainstay Magnum. Potter’s lightning fast approach earned him a world title in 1989 and laid the groundwork for surfing’s modern performance standard based on a combination of power turns and functional aerials. Presumably, Potter would have dominated the 80’s if not for a supernatural Tommy Curren."

Then I found this little beaut in the UK.

Spider Murphy Safari twin fin.

I'm very pleased to share with you my Spider Murphy shaped 6'0" Safari single fly swallow tail twin fin from South Africa. 
I'm very stoked to have gotten my hands on a Spider Murphy twin fin, because there are not many shapers who have been at the cutting edge of the revolution in surfboard design, not once but twice in their careers. Durban's Spider Murphy has built boards for every generation of hot shots from the 70's to this very day under his Safari and Spider labels and can be credited with influencing both the tube riding revolution of the mid 70's and the aerial revolution of the early 80's.

Shaun Tomson riding his famous Spider Murphy pin tail pun at Pipe. Photo Dan Merkel.

Spider is most famous for his pink 1974 Potato Chip / Banana Board, pin tail gun designed for Shaun Tompson, that essentially revolutionized tube riding on the North Shore of Hawaii in 1975. It was Spiders unique rocker, foil and template design that allowed Shaun to get deeper in the tube than anyone had ever gone before. The boards design was so ground breaking that Tomson couldn't even leave the board on the beach and had to keep it hidden and covered with a towel!
To loosely quote from Ben Marcus's 365 Surfboards - "Usually design innovation comes about through inspiration. Sometimes its just a fluke", Shaun said. Spider originally made the board to be ridden at Sunset Beach. The board evolved from a photo of a classic 8-foot Brewer gun that belonged to Jeff Hackman. Murphy worked off that photo and tried to duplicate the rocker, but the molds used in the Safari blanks wouldn't allow it, so he laminated the board and placed bricks on the nose and tried to bend in the rocker. " The board ended up with extreme curve and was an absolute dog on the deep water waves of Sunset, spinning out on turns and very slow," Tomson said.
"However at pipeline it was a dream, the curve fitting in perfectly to Pipline's hollow face- enabling me to take off latter and drive straight off the bottom, and straight off the top." Tomson rode the board for 5 winters at Pipline and never blew a take off- not once. It maybe the first board ever developed with modern rocker that enabled surfers to ride hollow waves."

A young Martin Potter with a nice thick Safari twin fin.
10 years later Spider helped pave the way for the next big evolution in surfing when he equipped a 16 year old Martin Potter with the tools for flight that led to the Aerial chapter of performance surfing. Martin may be most well known for riding his Glen Pang T&C's but it was Spider's 'The Saint' series of Safari twin fins that started the revolution.

Wide, thick and flat!

A young Martin Potter riding a Safari twin fin, showing signs of the radical surfing that was about to come.
Pronounced vee through the tail.
Shaun Tomson with Spider Murphy twin fin, (probably) at Narabeen for the 2SM surfabout. Photo via Mark Richards from the Daily Telegraph.

Foam fill fins. A technique I thought up until now was unique to the US.