How bright professional surfing did shine in 1984!
The Quiksilver Pro G'land comps were the blueprint of the soon-to-be realised Dream Tour.
"Why's he paddling up to Rincon?" - Bede Durbidge
It's been twenty years since the Condition Black swell opened up a new performance frontier in big wave surfing.
Think Simon was the first surfer to stick three fins on a board? Swellnet goes in search of Thruster pre-history.
"It was the breakthrough pro surfing needed, and it was so good we're still using the same system today." - Andy McKinnon
" It might seem simple in hindsight but a quantum leap needs to happen before people realise that three fins are better than two." - Nev Hyman
Twenty years ago a scowling surfboard shaper waved his stick at a horrible ginger politician. Are we tripping yet? Are we still...?
They made Bad Boy clothing, splashed it all over Johnny Boy Gomes' arse, then found their natural home in UFC fighting. Life's A Beach clothing company made an art of cashing in.
Between a cottage operation and world domination, Nev Hyman ran his forward thinking board business.
"Rip Curl did it later with a much bigger budget, but in a way Headworx started the Search thing," says Murray Bourton about his pioneering surf brand.
"Like communist propaganda posters, the Gash colour palette was simple with large swathes of black and red. Lots of red. Much of it dripping."
Revist the Gash Surfboard ads of the early-90s.