Classic Mark Richards Single Fin & More

Greetings, Shredderz! It has been an eventful spring, to say the least. Here’s hoping summer is a bit calmer. If you’re in the mood for some vintage surfboards to take your mind off the crazy events going on right now, you’ve come to the right spot. As always, here’s a selection of some great boards and stories that have popped up on social media within the last month or so. Previous Social Media Roundup entries can be found here if you’re curious.

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I write a lot of Instagram'd story's but this one is special … Terry Callahan @terrycallahan1 who lives in San Francisco contacted me recently concerning the board in this photo which he had bought in the late 1970's. He saw it for sale in the used board rack in the Lightning Bolt shop in Honolulu. He knew it was one of my personal boards that I had made & surfed during the Hawaiian winter in 1977. He has surfed it over the last 40 years but had decided that it was time to send it back to me. To offer to return it to me was an incredible act of generosity which I am I extremely grateful for. It's so great to get it back, every time I look at it now I think of Terry & remembering how it happened brings a smile to my face. As well as shaping this one & doing the Color design on it I also glassed, sanded & did the gloss & polish finish on it. Ding repair magician Levi Jones did a minor restoration on it repairing some of the dings. @markrichardssurfboardsapparel @surfview @timdickson @pop_diddy @surfboardempire @timryan1959 @foam_riders @rhemagraphics @tracksmag @surfinglife @quiksilver @samueltgriffiths @anothery @limowall @sammygosling @mikypicon @mayhemsurfboards_mattbiolos @robin_prodanovich @dahlbergsurfboards @foam_riders @benny_big @yeahbranchy @surfer_magazine @coastalwatch @mynewcastle @asbmag @surfingworld @australianationalsurfingmuseum @johannesleak @mikereilly1 @cidoubleyou #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardsshaping #markrichardsshapes #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrsinglefin #mrretrosinglefin #mr1978retrosinglefinmodel #mr1978retrosinglefin #mr1978retro #mr1978retrosingle #mr1978hawaiiancontestquiver

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First and foremost, if you don’t follow Mark Richards on Instagram, you are blowing it! He is a four time world champ and the last person to win a world title riding self-shaped boards. MR’s Instagram doesn’t dwell on his achievements. Instead he can be found relaying some great stories about the various surfing figures he’s encountered over the decades, and the result is some fantastic insight about surf history. Here’s a neat story of a 1977 single fin that was returned to MR after forty plus years. Not only did MR shape this board, he did the glassing, sanding, the pinlines, the gloss and finally the polish too! Absolutely insane. In the photo at the top of the post you can see MR surfing a very similar-looking board. I’m not sure if this is the same exact board. I got the photo from Lance Trout’s website. According to Trout’s website the photo features MR surfing the Pipe Masters in 1979.

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Post No. 37. In the Yin and the Yang of the 60’s surfing sub-culture, Phil Edwards was the Yin to the Yang of his most famous contemporary, Miki Dora. Clean cut, humble and soft spoken, Edwards was the perfect Poster Boy to legitimize what was otherwise considered anti-societal behavior. Edwards became known for his powerful turns and beautifully executed drop-knee cutbacks, but perhaps his most important contribution to Surfing was his refinement of the concept of trim – that is, his ability to position himself perfectly on his board and in just the right part of the wave. In the early surfboard days, the Surfer stood almost motionless on their board as they were pushed along by the wave. Surfers like Edwards, mostly on self-made equipment, demonstrated to the rest of the world that there was more to surfing than just getting pushed along. Edwards developed his surfboard building skills out of necessity, having started surfing at the age of 9 and during the period of time when 10’ and 100-lb redwood planks were pretending to be surfboards. Edwards wanted smaller and lighter equipment. His skills at reshaping boards and his surfing prowess soon caught the attention of Hobie Alter, and became the starting point for their now legendary relationship. As Edwards reputation grew, Hobie saw an opportunity to monetize his popularity, and in 1963 introduced what would become the first Signature Model Surfboard – the now famous Phil Edwards Model – and what would lead to an industry trend, Surfer endorsed surfboards. One very interesting point about all of this, is that by 1967 at the still young age of 29, Edwards walked away from the surfing limelight – his interest and focus shifting towards sailing. Here is an original condition Hobie Phil Edwards Model – No. 914 in the series. All of these had a three stringer layup (fat one in the middle and thin ones on the outside) no colors, a silver metal foil Hobie Label (positioned between the center and right side stringer – signed by Phil and sequentially numbered) and a so-called reverse-D pivot fin…(continued below)

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Any time a Hobie Phil Edwards Model pops up I gotta make note of it. Here’s #931, along with some fantastic history behind one of the most famous signature model surfboards of all time. @board4today is a great account run by a very knowledgeable collector.

A lot of early Gordon & Smith boards are unsigned, and as a result, I have found it a bit difficult to get a good grasp on the history of the storied San Diego label. Rusty’s post above helpfully names some G&S shapers during the early- to mid-Seventies: Skip Frye, Hoy Runnels, Mike Eaton, Robin Prodanovich, John Holly and Paul Bordieri. Separately, Joel Tudor recently posted a pic of a Bordieri template for an egg shape. Love the clean lines on Rusty’s G&S board, and the John Durant photo really makes it stand out, too.

How sick is the airbrush on this Mike Patterson shaped Piping Hot twin fin?! I dig the outline on the board, too.

My fascination with Mike Zeh-Croteau‘s surfboards continues. Last month’s Social Media Roundup featured a wild Croteau jet board; here we have a more straightforward Seventies single fin. Swipe through the pics for the mental nose, which has a ton of volume tucked away in its curves.

Last but not least, this is an all-time photo from The Surfer’s Journal, which remains the gold standard for surf journalism. If you don’t already subscribe you really should.

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