Nalu: Big Wave Boards -- 8/23/02
Downtown Honolulu is not where I expected to find a surfboard showcase,
but that's exactly where the latest surf exhibit in Hawaii was held.
40Years of Big Wave Boards" was a neat retrospect into the
history of boards specifically designed to tackle big waves (15' Haw'n
scale and up).
It was really neat seeing the evolution of the equipment that was
being ridden, from the old chambered balsa boards all the way up to
the modern tow-in foam/fiberglass jobs. I must admit that it didn't
hold as much romance for me since I didn't live through the evolution.
However, being able to stand next to these huge guns and feel the
rails really gave a sense of magnitude as to the type of waves that
they were taking on.
I didn't stay too long though--my daughter was a bit antsy. Just
long enough to take some pics and absorb the ambiance.
||Multi-stringer. More stringers;
more strength. Need that for the big stuff.
||Greg Noll Logo. Most people
know that Greg rode arguably the biggest wave ever paddled into.
What they may not know is that he also was a solid shaper and
||Woodwork. Can't imagine
how long it would take to craft a board out of wood. There is
artistry everywhere you look.
||Posing. For scale, my
daughter is 47.5 inches tall. This board is pretty wide.
||Tow Boards. These boards
clearly illustrate how far big wave riding has come. I believe
the boards in the foreground are some of the newer paddle-in big
wave guns, while the two in back are the latest tow-in designs.
Those tow boards are less than eight feet long and are really
heavy with lots of layers of laminate for strength.
||Memorabilia. The showcase
held some cool magazines and imagery of big wave riding. Check
out the Ken Bradshaw
poster. That wave was *not* the big one he rode in 1998.
||Backlit Gun Show. The
boards were displayed tastefully like the pieces of art they are.
The available natural light was good.
||Frontlit Gun Show. A little
better view of the boards on display. Note the Lightning Bolts,
from the 70's, the boards of choice during that era.
||Old School Fins. Fin design
have come a long way. Wonder if they have these shapes in FCS?
||Duke. An old Duke contest
trophy from the famed big wave event was also on display. It was
really nice seeing that the father of modern surfing is finally
being acknowledged with his own postage
Aloha from Paradise,