Deus Surf Swap 4- Perth

Went down on Sunday the 21st of November at the rear of 1000 Hay st Perth.
It saw Pre-1990 surfboards, skateboards, vintage surf clothes, beach shack furniture, posters, magazines, art and collectibles.
Congrats to Chris Keith and Belle for making it all happen and taking the pics (edited by Carby)

For more info on the next one contact Chris at

As rare as a 1942 Bordeaux- Part 2.

Just to torment me I'm sure, Doug wrote,

"thought I would share with you a Stussy Twin from around the same period as the M.R.
Note the sexy tail. The canted fins, the lift and roll working into the vee
...Shawn also made insane twins."

Shawn is shaping twin fins again. You can follow him here.

The board that started the collection

This is one of my favorite boards and it is the board that first kicked off the collection.
6'0" single fly swallow tail Gisborne Surf Co' twin fin made before the invention of the common leg rope plug.
I had been on a surf trip south of Sydney 15 years ago. We were on our way home, driving through Woolongong when I saw a giant warehouse size 'Cash Converters' pawn shop having a closing down sale. We were looking at TV's and golf clubs and I went upstairs to the mezzanine that was all surfboards. There must have been 10 twin fin, 20 single fins and half a dozen 80's quads. I saw this red twin fin and I thought 'hey that's just like my first surf board, how sad to think its going to the rubbish tip, I bet it would be fun to see how it would go'. I bought it for $15.
In retrospect I should have rented a truck and bought the lot.

I've surfed this board a number of times and it goes beautifully. But coming from Gisborne in New Zealand I thought it would have a pretty obscure, unimportant history.

It wasn't till I was packing to move to the US that I finally photographed it and decided to look into its history.

WOAH!! what a find. Seems I'd been sitting on a true classic.
Hamish Graham is a truly legendary shaper working on some of the most influential designs of the modern era.
Born in New Zealand, his shaping career began in Australia under the "Hot Stuff" label in Queensland in the 70's where he worked on the channel bottom design with fellow New Zealander Al Byrne.

He traveled extensively to Hawaii and California and back to Australia shaping boards for Lightning Bolt, Local Motion in Hawaii and launched Hot Stuff in California in the early 80's. Hamish moved to Santa Barbara in '85-'86 where he built "Byrning Spears Surfboards" for a number of years. Later, he moved to Encinitas where he became the Rip Curl surfboard licensee for U.S.A., building boards for U.S.A. and Hawaii.

As rare as a 1942 Bordeaux

Doug wrote to me with pictures of one of the rarest and most beautiful condition original twin fins I have ever seen. Rarer than a 1942 Bordeaux in Nazi occupied France (the most sought after collectable red wine in the world) because in 1982 Mark Richards was world champ and competing around the globe full time. He would have hardly had time to shape his own boards, which is impressive in its own right, let alone gifts for friends-

"I was reading your blog last night for the first time and thought you might like to see my 1942 Bordeaux....

*1982 Twin shaped for me and a surprise gift from MR during the Huntington contest that year.

The sweet spot for me and twin fins was 81-83'. I was riding twins from Shawn Stussy at the time MR made this board for me. There is a whole story here but I will save it for another time. Fast forward, I'm currently riding a super twin from MR...speed is still good!

I was also competing on and riding Bultaco Sherpa T's at that time...There are a few things in my life I wish I had not given up...My De Rosa and my Eddie Merckx push bikes and the 76' Sherpa T...I just loved everything about that was truly a beautiful motorcycle.

Anyway, now I want a Deus W650 Street Tracker!..."