Mark Richards. Photo: Art Brewer
Ben Aipa rides a Sting. Photo: Warren Bolster
Mark Richards. Photo: Hugh McLeod
Dane Kealoha. Photo: Rob Hutchinson
Before the IPS world tour, the top shortboard-era surfers—Nat Young, Midget Farrelly, Gerry Lopez, Reno Abellira, and Terry Fitzgerald among them—earned a living by shaping surfboards. Once the tour was established, aspiring pros had more incentive to focus entirely on wave-riding, and boardmaking fell by the wayside. Wayne Bartholomew, Shaun Tomson, Cheyne Horan, Dane Kealoha, and nearly all the ...