Larkin, Joe


Pioneering Australian surfboard manufacturer and archetypal back-slapping hard-drinking "surfie" of the 1950s and '60s. Larkin was born in Sydney (1933), and was taught how to bodysurf at a young age by his father. At nine he began board-riding, and by 15, already a skilled carpenter, he was building hollow plywood "toothpick" boards for himself and friends, working out of the family garage. "Ther...

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