surfer : merv larson
Merv Larson bottom turn
Rincon, California, circa 1970.
Photograph by Glen Fye.
Volume 11 Number 2 page 59.
Merv Larson, Carpentaria Beach, California, 1963.
Photographs by Toni Larson.
Merv Larson sprays foam with his head and right hand
while Mr. Huge watches impassively.
|"Merv Larson bought this ski in late
The story is as follows...
This is actually the 3rd ski brought to the US from Austraila.
The first 2 came with Phil Coles and Gordon Jefferies for a Surf lIifesaving Team event with LA county.
This is a spec ski for lifesaving, not a wave ski as many of your comments thought.
No rudder, no footwells and barely an indent for your bottom..something like 45 lbs and 18' long.
Merv saw them paddle these skis in Carpinteria racing around the oil rigs with the Dorys.
The skis were so far ahead, Merv ordered one on the spot.
The ski in the picture is located at the Maritime Museum in Santa Barbara, another one is displayed in the Bath House, East Beach, Santa Barbara.
The location of the 3rd one is unknown."
- Patrick and DeAnne Hemmens: OceanPaddleSports News, Fri, September 25, 2009, viewed 13 September 2013.
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
The Cabrillo Pavilion Bathhouse at 1119 East Cabrillo Boulevard, built in 1927.
"In three years, I've never had to swim."
Left Merv Larson surf-ski 1975, with dished foot-well and seat with side-handles, one missing.
|Merv Larson Aquatic Designs
2316 Channel Dr.G.
Ventura, California, 93003
Phone: (805) 653-0551
Merv Larson: Surf-skis and wave-skis.