Simon Anderson and his Mighty Thruster

Anderson called his new board the “Thruster.” He claimed it wasn't a sexual double entendre. Nobody believed him.

In April 1981, just a few weeks before the Dewey Weber Longboard Classic, an oversized Aussie pro surfer and boardmaker named Simon Anderson walked down the stairs at Bells Beach holding a new type of board he’d winkingly called the “Thruster.” It was a peculiar-looking craft, with a narrow nose and three small fins placed in a triangular cluster. To a casual observer, there was no reason to think...

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