Small mercies from Derek Hynd's housefire
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Following his housefire last month, the surfing community rallied around Derek Hynd. He and son Lachlan escaped with their lives but everything else they owned had been lost, or so the news went.
However, there is a small ray of light amongst the bleakness. While most of Derek's worldly possessions were lost, some of his surfing memorabilia: surfboards, trophies, t-shirts, shorts, and even some of his documentation, was safely stored away in Victoria at the time of the blaze.
Running from last September to April was 'The Derek Hynd Story' at the Australian National Surf Museum. According to museum curator Craig Baird, the exhibition included, "surfboards that ran from his first ever foamie to his first production model FFFF, lots of experimental craft that were lessons on the way to the more refined FFFF boards". The boards were made by Terry Fitzgerald, Barry Bennett, Skip Frye, Jed Done, and Rod Dahlberg, amongst others, each of them representing a significant stage in Hynd's career.
Prior to the exhibition, Derek packed a Tarago to the sunroof and dropped the boards off at the museum. Over the course of the exhibition more boards were included, and since April when the exhibition closed Craig Baird has been organising their return.
Craig had planned to do a road trip in the last week of September, delivering them all at Derek's house, however the fire happened before then. If the delivery happened sooner, those boards would've been lost too.
A small mercy from a grim incident.