Mystery V ...


Honolua Bay.  December, 1967.


After a stint on Oahu, the heavy hitters of the shortboard revolution -- Nat Young, Bob McTavish, and George Greenough -- turned up on Maui. The shutter-bug Witzig brothers were there as well, documenting the fermentation.

The stringerless, wide-backed, deep V's of McTavish and Young were sorely out of place on the North Shore...

 

 ...but on Maui, they found clean surf, better suited to their V's eccentric nature...

 

During that legendary, week-long session, Reno Abellira and Dick Brewer were there with longer (but infinitely more refined) semiguns.

Both Nat Young and Reno Abellira broke their respective boards early on. Nat repaired his and soldiered on...

 

..but Reno's longer Brewer pintail was toast, and he called it a session...


The next board that Reno would ride was a first-gen Brewer mini-gun. The shortboard took root in Hawaii, and the revolution was underway on an international level!

But that leaves a burning question....

Who's V-Bottom was this? Clearly not McTavish's or Young's. Maybe one of the Witzig's???




From Polly and Greg ...

Hi Paul,

A friend of ours who grew up in San Francisco found this in a box of old family photos. Thought you might like to see it. Probably around 1930.

Polly and Greg

More from Roger ...


Malibu so good lately.....last 3 days offshore mornings knee to chest or shoulder....made this one all the way through despite 3 drop ins bringing the wave over...I yelled them off.

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