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post #31 of 44
I heard something today that sounded like an urban surfing legend of sorts. Apparantly there's some unknown medical condition that results in folks becoming paralyzed in extremely rare instances.

It's called surfer's myelopathy

http://www.khon2.com/home/ticker/21898979.html

From J Spinal Cord Med. 2007; 30(3): 288–293

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/art...?artid=2031959

Have any of you folks ever heard of this??


It only happens to new surfers the first time they try to surf. Something in their back pops when they try to rise up on the board or pop their head up to look around. Then they are paralyzed within about 5 hours because the blood flow down their spine is disrupted permanantly.
post #32 of 44
Thread Starter 
Never heard of that.

We got infectons from sea urchin spines and fire coral in tropical waters.

We got infections from surf knots on toes and knees.

We got surfers ear ..... spending too much time in the water would result in the decrease in the ear canal size and cause problems.

Broken toes from trying skim boarding.
post #33 of 44

I'm joining this conversation a little late, Nice to see so many that have surfed and also ski.  Both have a lot in common. 

 I worked in the Industry for more years then i like to think about.  Some of the legendary manufacturers that were not named here should include; Velzy, Channen Diffendreffer, Morey Pope, Challenger, Yater, All were some of the best of their era.  

  Lots of great boards were made over the years some like the Greg Noll "Da Cat" model  now fetch big bucks from collectors.  May Dora rest in peace. as others have said in the mid 1960's the short board revolution changed things.  The back yard sharper came into his own. Smoke a joint get a vision and shape a magic stick.  9 times out of 10 they were pure crap. Others were on to something.  Gerry Lopez Lightening Bolt was the mid 70's Icon.   The one sharper that made the transition from longboards to short is Dick Brewer. He has had more influence on Surfboard design then perhaps anybody.

  Donald Takayama did a lot to bring back the Longboard He was producing a modern Longboard in the late 1970s early 1980s  I had one and around 84-85 it was my fun small wave board.

 The best 1960's Longboard for me was thea Yater Spoon  then a Rick UFO.  Best of the short boards was a Sunset swallowtail winger. another I really loved was a Caster round pintail winger made for point breaks. For Hawaii my all time favorit was a Brewer Gun

post #34 of 44
Thread Starter 

There are probably about a half dozen boards that I've forgotten but ..

 

Bout' five years ago I got an oh so pleasant suprise.  I live now about 60 miles from the coast and my health won't let me surf anymore ... but ... for my kid ..

 

So I'm driving along and I look alongside the road on trash day and there is this board lying on the garbage cans.  Out here with the cows and corn.  It's pretty yellowed with age and the whole deck surface is painted an ugly blue, a layer of white and some black ... but ... looking beneath that paint is a great shape.  Not a good shape ... a great one but at first glance, you would dis' this board as a piece of crap.  Skeg was missing too.

 

Something about that shape ... soooooo ... I took it home and started to gently sand (with like 800 super fine grit), the old layers of paint.

 

From under all of the garbage paint ... who knows why .... emerges a vintage ... not real old cause it was real light weight .... Surfboards Hawaii.

 

The bad news ... it was stolen from our garage at the shore house.  Worse ... I'm pretty sure it was one of my cousins who swipped it.

post #35 of 44

See if you can find the name of the Shaper on that Surfboards Hawaii.  I Have two friends that shaped for Surfboards Hawaii.

post #36 of 44

He doesn't have it anymore. Some dirtbag stole it 

post #37 of 44

Thats to bad. I have often thought a trip t the east coast might be a fun adventure to find some of the old boards from the 1960's.  I'm sure there are tons of old boards all dusty and covered in old motor oil in someones Garage.

 By the way Al Merrick of Channel Island Surfboards wasa shaper for Surfboards Hawaii.

 I would love to get my hands on a Mike Hynsen red Hatchet Fin Board.

post #38 of 44

Got a brother in his mid 60s, still surfs about 50-100 days per year in So Cal.  Also a skier on rare occasions.  He's made a few long boards in his day.  This one of his has sunset art on topside, sunrise art on underside. 

post #39 of 44

 

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Got a brother in his mid 60s, still surfs about 50-100 days per year in So Cal.  Also a skier on rare occasions.  He's made a few long boards in his day.  This one of his has sunset art on topside, sunrise art on underside. 

 

That board is gorgeous.  I was always leary of buying a used board if it had scenes painted on it for fear that the paint job was hiding a major ding or crack repair.  If his shapes are half as skilled as his art they must ride killer.

post #40 of 44

hiya I'm emailing you about the dru harrison improvisor that was my dad did you know him??? you knew he passed were you his friend?

post #41 of 44

I'm sorry to hear that Dru passed away. I met him around 1979 or 1980. Maybe later?  He was dating a girl from Del Mar CA She lived next door to some friends of mine.  We surfed a couple of times around Del Mar . Can't say I really know him Just met a couple of times. I can say this he was a very talented surfer.

post #42 of 44

Anyone know what a Hansen Cardiff Pig 9'10" would fetch these days.  Been in my shed for about 40 years and in great shape!  Live in Rhode Island, trying to get decent offers. 

post #43 of 44

Okay. Another trip to California; San Diego in June this time for a wedding of my wife's college friend's daughter. Then a good week at Pacific Beach. Our oldest got time off to get from work in Yuma,AZ to take a surfing lesson with our youngest daughter Annie who's 14. So, now, I'm happy because all of my kids have now been able to do a little of what I wanted to do exactly 40 years ago when I got out of school; go to Ca and learn to surf. Annie has good balance and did fairly well after some lessons. They weren't big waves, but, you have to start somewhere.( If the waves were really strong we couldn't have handled them anyway.)  The surf shop's manager has a sister that lives only about 15 miles from us in the flat cornfields of Illinois. Holy cow, you can't get away from them. It was also interesting to meet Debbie Gordon at a demo day. She being the daughter of the Gordon in Gordon & Smith. Interesting vacation.

post #44 of 44


 

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Our oldest got time off to get from work in Yuma,AZ to take a surfing lesson with our youngest daughter Annie who's 14. So, now, I'm happy because all of my kids have now been able to do a little of what I wanted to do exactly 40 years ago when I got out of school; go to Ca and learn to surf.



I'm clinging to an old beat up 6 footer in hopes that a kid or two might try use it in a few more years.  Presently, they are content to play with boogie boards in thigh deep whitewater and I'm not comfortable allowing them to go out any farther than that yet.  But some day I hope at least one of them will enjoy straddling a board a couple hundred feet out bobbing and waiting for a smooth ride to the beach with dad.

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