Reno Abellira also known as the prince of speed. A renowned Hawaiian surfer of the 60’s and 70’s who was a gifted surfer/shaper and board designer. Reno’s designs influenced both Dick Brewer in the Lightning Bolt era and directly made an impact of the Mark Richards twin fins that have become recognized throughout the world.Noted for his super low stance and rocketing speeds generated on long fast walls.Reno was also an accomplished big wave rider winning the 1974 Smirnoff in 25ft plus surf at Waimea Bay.
Fred Pyke a pioneer surfboard builder in Victoria.Noted for his quality surf craft, early forays into wetsuits, lambswool boots and cool surf jackets(wool). Fred also mentored a young Wayne Lynch shaping his first surfboard, the rest as they say is history. Photo Circa 1966.
Charlie Galanto charged big Waimea and Sunset from 1963 to 1971. A surfer/board builder who gained much respect during that period. Photo cred Tim McCullough Circa 1965
Australian pioneer and surf explorer Peter Troy. In the early 60’s Peter Troy traversed the globe in search of surf and excitement, that journey covered over 120 countries. Troy surfed some of the most exotic locations in the world without a mobile phone, ipad ,google or surfers atlas. Peter Troy was also a noted surf historian and founder of what we now know as the Bells Beach. Photo S/A circa 1963
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70’s iconic surfer Shaun Thomson. Fluidity and style his hallmark, honing his skills at classic point breaks like Jeffrey’s Bay in his home of South Africa. 1977 world champion. Photo circa 1978
Pat Curren a surfing pioneer from California who forged a career as a surfboard designer/shaper in the 1950’s. Pat Curren was the first of a group of surfers to charge huge Waimea Bay on gun surfboards. Curren became a specialist big wave board shaper and was at the forefront of gun surfboard design. Here he is in the late 50’s gluing up a balsa gun. Photo cred Currencollection
Sunny Garcia 90’s/2000 Hawaiian power surfer. Sunny accumulated 22wqs wins and 6 triple crowns. Rated number 1 in 2000. Here at backdoor circa 2002.
Beau Young, former world champion longboarder and surfboard designer/shaper. One of a small group of surfers that has mastered riding most forms of surfcraft. Photo Beau Young
Peter Drouyn one of Australia’s most outspoken and flamboyant surfers of all-time. A champion surfer in both the longboard and shortboard era.Now known as Westerly Windina after a gender reassignment.
Scott Dillon, an Australian pioneer of 60’s surfing…an accomplished big wave rider, surfboard designer and manufacturer. Scott Dillon started board manufacture in the era of wood…ply and balsa construction. Photo Scott Dillon Circa 61