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Title
Tom Blake squaretail surfboard by Thomas Rogers Company
Creator
Thomas Rogers Company
Contributor
Blake, Tom
Date Created and/or Issued
1935
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
Surfing legend Tom Blake collaborated with various construction companies to make his board designs a reality, including the Thomas Rogers Company in the early 1930s. Blake, having studied ancient Hawaiian surfboards in the Bishop Museum, was behind some of surfing’s greatest innovations, including the hollow board and the skeg (fin). The “squaretail” design of this hollow surfboard allowed for quicker pivoting, although it eventually gave way to the roundtail design popularized in the 1960s. Blake-designed surfboards of various types were popular with surfers from the mid-1930s into the 1950s.
11 ft., 9 in.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
http://cdm15730.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p271401coll8/id/60
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 6

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