On This Day: Curren Wins Haleiwa
1990 was the second act of Tom Curren's career. Coming back from semi-retirement, he rejoined the ASP tour, entering trials events to progress to the main rounds. Surfing the minimum of 18 events, Curren won 7, and subsequently won a world title - his third. It was the first time anyone had won a world title from the trials.
Despite this, he'd still never won an event in Hawaii.
Back into the Top 16 for 1991, Curren surfed just 10 out of 17 events - his mind again moving onto other matters, such as better waves and different designs. In October '91, Maurice Cole made Curren two boards, a 7'3" and 7'8", both from pre-cut blanks that had been packed incorrectly, resulting in an extra 3/4 inch rocker in the nose and tail.
Forced to improvise, Cole drew a deep vee through the front half of the board that faded out to a flat panel through the tail. He called it 'reverse vee'. Tom tested the 7'8" in big waves at Bayonne, vouching for the unusual design.
They then boxed the boards up and sent them to Hawaii...where they were promptly misplaced by customs.
They found the boards the day before the first contest of the Triple Crown - the Wyland Galleries Pro - with Curren riding at first the 7'3" then stepping up to the 7'8" for the quarters (which involved Maurice fetching it in a foot-to-the-floor dash from Haleiwa to the Kui Lima and back), and then again onto the 7'3" for the finals.
A few days later, Tom Servais spotted Curren slipping out at Pipe on the 7'8" reverse vee - still without stickers - and took what many have considered the greatest surf photo ever taken.
(Note: The attached video says it's the 1990 Wyland Galleries Pro, however that's a mistake by the videomaker)