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Title
Redwood/spruce laminate plank board
Date Created and/or Issued
1930s
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
In order to make plank-style surfboards lighter, a different wood—in this case spruce—was laminated with the solid redwood to make the blank, or surfboard core. The initial Waikiki plank surfboards averaged between 6 and 8 feet in length. Around 1910, surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku introduced a ten-foot plank surfboard that would dominate the surf for the next fifteen plus years. During this period, plank boards averaged 10 to 12 feet in length with a thickness ranging from 1 ½ to 3 ½ inches. The templates remained similar to those of the ancient Hawaiian alaia surfboards, which were typically thin with a rounded nose and square tail. Plank surfing was essentially limited to riding straight for shore, although skilled surfers could angle across the wave face or perform stunts, such as headstands or backward riding.
10 ft., 8 in.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
http://cdm15730.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p271401coll8/id/49
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 2

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