Watch: Fast and Loose

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

"It paddled great, it was loose, it was fast, it was everything I couldn’t get from a single fin on a three foot wave," recalls Mark Richards of the first twin fin he ever shaped - dubbed the 'bumblebee twin' for the bee picture on the deck. 

The bumblebee twin and the boards MR shaped immediately after it, altered the path of surfboard design with MR winning a then-record four straight world titles on them.

But then 1981 rolled around, Simon unveiled the Thruster, won Bells, the Coke, and Pipe on it, and suddenly no-one wanted twins anymore.

Fast forward 25 years and MR again starts making twins because the qualities that made them popular in the first place - they're fast and loose - make surfing so much more fun.

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P'tai commented Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 4:04pm

Thanks for that Mark is a legend. I love my twinnies.

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udo commented Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 4:36pm

Unreal..redoing retro twinfins
Mark redo the 1970s diet - Steak and chips Chocolate and Coke
Get some Calories into you....Cos you look like shit.

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bluediamond commented Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 4:36pm

Great clip. Would love to see guys jump on these on tour when the waves are small but fast and running. Seeing Lau on that was as good as i've seen him surf.

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udo commented Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 5:58pm

Lau not really riding a Twin
2 large front fins and a trailer fin

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bluediamond commented Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 6:18pm

ahh missed that one. Cheers. Still ripping though.

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Jamyardee commented Saturday, 14 Sep 2019 at 12:45am

Kelly has been doing well in competition this week in Japan, riding a 5'5" Twinnie

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shoredump commented Saturday, 14 Sep 2019 at 7:43am

I’ve been riding MR twin fins with the lil trailer/stabiliser on everything under 5ft this last month, and loving it. The fins saved a board for me actually, as I’d ordered too much volume.
Rode a twinny exclusively for a year or two in the 90s. Slabs n all. Big fan.

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memlasurf commented Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 at 7:32pm

He was brought up on them and can ride them really well.

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bipola commented Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 5:46pm

A BIG thankyou to MR and Simon as these guys changed surfing history. i have been riding twins for over 20 years. and thrusters for about nine years on and off, i always come back to twin fins as i have so much fun. i have been experimenting with my fins over the years and the back of my twin fins to the back of my board is 18 inches.
it never spins out and is so loose, i love it. i cant believe i can still do it

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udo commented Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 6:26pm

2.13 mins - Quad.

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icandig commented Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 6:47pm

Advertorial?..but so what. MR is a legend, hope he cashes in and sells bucket loads. Biolos is probably already rich enough and good on him. I'm jumping on the bandwagon.

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zenagain commented Friday, 13 Sep 2019 at 9:18pm

Once the surf gets to head high I'm on a thruster but for the last couple of years been back on a twin in the small stuff. Forgot just how much fun they are. I'd like to try one of those MR boards.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Lanky Dean commented Saturday, 14 Sep 2019 at 2:20pm

You would love it ! No better shaper of the twin !
Incredible boards!!!

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memlasurf commented Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 at 7:33pm

With a modern bottom and rails?

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NDC commented Saturday, 14 Sep 2019 at 7:40am

So much to admire about MR - innovator, athlete, statesman, gentleman ... never heard him say a nasty word about anyone

Cool to see how those old boards still perform well, but also some of their limitations, and how they can be tweaked and improved, and be grateful for where it has led board design and the incredible performance sticks it’s evolves into and we get to enjoy today ... awesome vid

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pcrisp commented Saturday, 14 Sep 2019 at 9:37am

i had never been in the lineup with him till this week- says hello to everyone- what a nice man- still surfing good

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tango commented Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 at 10:35pm

Missed him in the water by 10 minutes this week, but passed him on the track with a friendly gday. Talk about good manners.

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jimmy.long commented Saturday, 14 Sep 2019 at 10:06am

MR’s guns are also incredible I have a 7’6 from him down to a 6’2 super twin, the bloke is a craftsman of the highest order.

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DGW commented Saturday, 14 Sep 2019 at 5:49pm

Brings back lots of memories of going from a 7' single fin to a 6' MR twinny at the ripe old age of 12. Damn good boards and sooo much fun to ride and a really nice bloke to talk to in & out of the water.

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Spuddups commented Monday, 16 Sep 2019 at 10:06am

Remember when Tracks used to have a national MR day? I remember one year they supplied an MR mask with each issue to be worn on the day. I don't know what happened about that but national MR day should be a public holiday. The guy's a dead-set legend. May as well have a national Occy day while they're at it. We need some more holidays.

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memlasurf commented Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 at 7:38pm

We now need a vid on Shane (runner up how many times?) who is often overlooked and obviously was not in with one of the big mobs, but is still super keen. For whatever reason he seems shunned a little by the mainstream but was really and still is a great surfer. Check his instagram it is a hoot and he shapes non stop all sort of off centre boards and fins.

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Spuddups commented Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019 at 6:53pm

Yeah, good call.

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019 at 8:46pm

Got to love a bit of MR .

Rips , mellow , articulate without contrivance, charger , skilled craftsman , innovator , self sufficient, confidence with humility, driven , grateful, self effacing, respectful, friendly , analytical and encouraging of others.

MR is a true statesman of world surfing.

Thanks for everything, MR.

PS Never met the man but I’d have loved to share a line up with him.

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udo commented Thursday, 26 Sep 2019 at 10:06am

Ocean and Earth just released a MR softie twinfin in 2 sizes
MR is frothing over them..

# Ollie Dousset #
You are my Hero son