Shaper Takes 54 Years To Deliver
In the five decades and four years since Ron Roozen ordered a board from Surf, Dive and Ski in Melbourne, the Morning of the Earth came and went, similarly twin fins were hot then not, then hot then not (and now hot again), MR won four straight titles, Kelly eleven in total, Thrusters were invented, four fins too, the Quiksilver empire began, boomed, then went bust, legropes became a thing, deck grip too, and the number of surfers in Australia multiplied by a factor of fuck knows - it'd be a lot though.
Typing on Instagram - there's another one, social media and the internet - John Jolly from Shady Hollow Surfboards picks up the story.
"In 69’ after seeing Wayne win the Junior Titles in Margaret River, Ron Roozen ordered an Involvement model surfboard from Surf Dive + Ski in Melbourne, yet he never got the board," wrote John.
"A few months ago Ron calls me and says, “I see Wayne is reissuing his Involvement model boards again, where’s mine?”'
Wayne explains the mistake thus: "At the time I was travelling around shooting 'Sea of Joy' and somehow a miscommunication between SDS and Arnold’s shop lead to the order being misplaced."
Wayne started it straight away. As for colours and dimensions, John said Ron wanted the same board he ordered originally, "a six foot, lime green tint top and bottom, single fin, but will be a wall hanger and won’t be surfed."
“I have complete success with all my wallhangers," added Wayne. "None have ever failed me."