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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.