Hyndline: A thirty year timeline of foam and fibreglass
The revivalist movement comes at us in various forms. From retro longboarders to straight remakes of famous boards - think Lopez Bolts or the Reverse Vee Project - or even the hamster wheel of fashion with its nod to styles’ past.
Improbable as it seems, Derek Hynd has also entered the fray, having announced a project that unashamedly peers into the rearview mirror while being loaded with Hynd’s peculiar worldview and performance sensibilities.
Hyndline is the name of the venture and, for want of a better description, it’s a surfing timeline presented in foam and fibreglass - with associated screeds, as is Derek’s wont.
The project represents the intersection of three strands of surf history: thirty years of board design; a corresponding time frame of surf culture; and Derek’s own place within said culture.
Ostensibly, Hyndline is thirty boards - one selected for each year spanning 1973 to 2003 - emblematic of either Hynd’s own history or its broader historical significance. The decision is his. He’s at once the curator, the shaper, and the mercantile man too.
Though Hynd didn’t shape the originals, he’ll be making the reproductions, albeit with a few caveats.
Although the boards will be hand-shaped, the rockers will be machined to maintain precision. “There's a lot to be said for machined rockers if the object is reproduction of faithful boards,” says Hynd.
While the idea was in gestation, Hynd visited a factory where one of Chris Brock’s boards was getting its rocker cut. Enquiring about the process, Brock was pleased with the outcomes, and, according to Hynd, “If it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for me.”
Each board is then hand-shaped with Hynd spending up to three hours replicating the board. And unlike some modern remakes they’ll be faithful to the originals, so no modern twists or old-meets-new hybridisation.
Says Hynd: “Respectfully though...the greatest respect...I'm ironically doing them as originally planted, no tweaks from me, just some predictable imperfections - fair call.”
The boards are getting glassed in a factory - a “small, old school operation” - on the NSW Mid North Coast by Justin Schley. Hynd bumped into Schley several years ago at The Pass. “It was an easy match up for us,” says Hynd. “Super easy fella.”
When sold, the original shapers will get a cut of the sale. “Every board, no qualms about it,” explains Hynd, “a decent whack of the price goes their way, and with thanks.”
In its entirety, the Hyndline project will see 300 boards shaped, glassed, and sold. That being, ten limited edition copies of each chosen ‘year board’ selling for just over $2,000, and there’ll also be associated commentary putting each board in context. Don’t expect the dry copy of a museum label.
Hynd’s been shaping since November and board ‘73 is now on sale, it’s a 5’3” Bennett with the cut of the sale going to Russell Head - “the great Australian board industry stalwart”.
Read more at www.hyndline.com