hot curl surfboard

Finless, narrow-tailed surfboard used from the late 1930s to the late ‘40s, almost exclusively in Hawaii; invented in 1937 by John Kelly; often described as the first specialized big-wave board. "The essence of the hot curl," surf historian Mark Fragale wrote in 2002, "was its special ability to trim like no other board before it." Two types of surfboards were in use during the mid-1930s: the blo...

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