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This shortboard belonged to Jock Sutherland, one of the most famous tuberiders of the late 1960s shortboard era. Tuberiding, or riding through the hollow area of the wave formed under the arc of the curl, was revolutionized by shortboard riders such as Sutherland, who took advantage of fast, narrow boards weighing as little as 8 pounds. Sutherland, a true switchfoot surfer, could easily maneuver with either foot forward. Known for his radical bottom turns, he reigned over the Pipeline surf break of Oahu’s North Shore until Gerry Lopez took over the mantle in the early 1970s. The board was manufactured by Plastic Fantastic Surfboards, a California-based company synonymous with the modern, super-light surfboard design. 7 ft., 7 in.