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Title
John Kelly Inter-Island Hydroplane gun
Creator
Inter-Island Surf Shop
Contributor
Kelly, John
Date Created and/or Issued
1966
Publication Information
Pepperdine University Libraries
Malibu, Calif
John Mazza Historic Surfboard Collection, Pepperdine University Special Collections and University Archives
Contributing Institution
Pepperdine University, Special Collections and University Archives
Collection
John Mazza Historic Surfboard Collection
Rights Information
Copyright to the photograph is retained by Pepperdine University. Physical rights to the item are retained by John Mazza, the John G. Mazza Loving Trust Dtd 5/17/90, and the Malibu Surfing Museum. Images are intended for educational and research use, and may be used for non-commercial purposes with appropriate attribution. Organizations and individuals seeking to use images for publication must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright, patents, trademarks, and other service marks.
Description
John Kelly, the Hawaii-based surfer, surfboard shaper, and environmental activist, made two innovative contributions to surfboard design. The first was the hot curl board, which Kelly crafted in 1937 to ride Oahu’s monster waves. The second came in 1962 when Kelly designed an experimental gun (i.e. big-wave surfboard) with a split-level bottom, dropped rails (sides), and a slightly raised tail section. Called the Hydroplane, Kelly sought to combine the speed of a longboard with the maneuverability of a shortboard. Ultimately, the design did not catch on with big-wave surfers and the production of Hydroplane surfboards, such as this example by Inter-Island Surf Shop, quickly tapered off.
10 ft., 4 in.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
http://cdm15730.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p271401coll8/id/150
Subject
Surfing
Surfboards
Surfboards--History
Source
Surfboard collection exhibited at Payson Library, Pepperdine University. The collection is owned by John Mazza, the John G. Mazza Loving Trust Dtd 5/17/90, and the Malibu Surfing Museum.
Relation
John Mazza Historic Surfboard Collection
Board 19

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