New Shortboard Revolution?
Not so sure that Kelly started it Radbone. He may have made it popular but people were committed to the idea well before Slater caught on. Andrew Kidman resurrected the fish around the time he and Franky made Litmus in 1994, and then Chris Ward and Cory Lopez were going berko for ...Lost in 5'5" x 19 1/4", which was made in '96 (I think).
Chris Brock has also been playing with the idea since the early 70's.
Just cause he popularised it doesn't mean he started it. Credit where credit is due.
Kelly can go jump for all I care, but the CNC programmer that pumped out those things deserves an award...
They are works of art. The lines, concaves, channels (or chunnels as Super Kelly calls them) and tail shapes look great. They probably ride like shit, but wow, they look good.
Sorry Radbone, Stu's right mate, Kelly was no where near starting the revolution.
There has been a hell of a lot of wild and wonderful designs in the past years. And there would have been a lot of "visions" for even more crazy shapes that where never made. Probably because they came down from the acid trip before they could refine their "visions". But most likely because it's too hard to get those fine lines when shaping by hand. It's only now with the modern CNC revolution that shapers can create these works of art.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news mate, but our hero Super Kelly isn't the leader of all things new and he definitly isn't out in the back shed shaping those boards with a planer and some sandpaper.
All hail the computer shaper....
leason learned...stay with it brother your on a good track....
KS definitely didnt start it but him being the best surfer on the planet, he has a massive influence on what people ride, surfers are sheep and follow trends like nobody else...but in saying that, the variety of surfboard designs available atm is awesome so imo, it doesnt matter who started it or who is influencing others coz its just great that surfers are open to try different boards, so many choices out there, it is a special era in surfboard design...ride what ya want and nobody should give a f.......
Kelly started it.
Bede, Dane, and many others followed him.
Bob Mctavish thinks we are heading this way. Shorter Boards, Quad fins, Weird Fin setups, Concaves on rails,
Do you think that a new shortboard revolution is on its way.
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