terry fitzgerald : designs in metric, 1977.
Peter Simons Photo
With my boards this year I have tried for a consolidation of my directions, particularly in my guns - few of them are pintails. In previous years I've had different plan-shapes as well as bottom lines.
I've removed the concaves from behind the fins in these guns to stabilise directions in chop - concaves behind v's and fins in small board are great for quick turns, but in guns security is the operative.
I've kept the concaves through the bellies and built my v's out of the concave and then spiralled the v out to flat behind the fin.
It's a relatively old line but proven and successful.
The whole deal is for quick rolled out direction changes, acceleration up the face and then long lip lines or full rail fades back to the bottom.
These lines are obviously on the face arcs, but, if I'm on the tail, pivots and stalls make things spontaneous and exciting. Oh yeah, all the boards have nose v's to open the lip for quick entry and to help shoulder cutbacks.
The lines of the guns are reduced and bent a little more to fit the small board's fin into.
Bottom lines become much more extreme as the boards get smaller.
In the screwdriver the concave is almost 19 mm (0.75") deep where as in the 267 cm its only 6.5 mm (0.25").
I'm still looking and experimenting - I miss the old swallow tail jabs you get with back-foot punches, but it's nice to control a rolling round pin through 180°.
Gerry Lopez, Rory Russell and Rabbit Batholomew share a Narrabeen mushburger.
Ian Cairns, Haleiwa? Photo: Baker/Brady
On any good day it's easy to see why Off The Wall on the
North Shore bears the nickname, Kodak Reef.
On this particular day, though, many of the top photographers
on Jeff Divine's verandah (overlooking Kodak Reef) kept
turning their attention to a surfer riding the rights off Pipeline,
just 100 yards up the beach.
"Who is that guy,'' most of them were saying, until someone
in the know told then it was none other than visiting
New Zealand champion, Alan Byrne.
Shaun Tomson 8ft x 19.5" Lightning Bolt Shaped by Tom Parrish
With the popularity of surf skiis in Australia being so high that
many breaks are "threatened" one place we can't forsee being
overtaken by skiis is Sunset Beach.
This guy was the only surf skier to make it out there this winter,
and although he shredded, we don't expect his performances
to encourage many others.