Mike Stewart, a pioneer of the modern body boarding era.His work with Tom Morey created sophisticated new designs that enabled high level performance in critical waves. Known as Mister Pipeline for the fact he won Banzai Pipeline 11 times…and 9 times body boarding world champion. Mike Stewart is also a champion body surfer and a pioneer of tow surfing. Photo Circa 1992.
Derek Ho, Hawaiian surfer who was a dominate force on the pro circuit during the 80’s and 90’s. At only 5.4 and around 60kg he was one of the smallest and lightest professional surfers. His dominance of Pipeline with his brother Michael is the stuff of legend. In his pro career he accumulated two Pipeline wins, 4 Triple Crowns and a World Championship title in 1993. Photo Kevin Caldwell Pipeline 1986
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.
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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