A shot of me taken during the Offshore Pipeline Masters in December 1979

A shot of me taken during the Offshore Pipeline Masters in December 1979. I was riding a 7’4″ long Round Pin Single Fin with a flat panel Vee bottom. I shaped, sprayed & glassed it. For my 3 board quiver for the Hawaiian contest season that year I glassed all the boards in 4 oz to get them as light as possible. I was on a performance quest & was prepared to sacrifice the boards longevity. All 3 went great but I ended up breaking the 7’4″ at Laniekea the next year. Snapping it totally spun me out … it was a magic board that I felt would go anywhere on a wave that I was capable of taking it. You could unload with full power on a bottom turn with no fear of the rail & Fin losing hold & spinning out … The rails felt like they had claws holding the wave face .. Then it instantly transitioned to being loose & free out of the lip. I had so much confidence in the board knowing it would never let me down. I still have it & the other 2 boards from that years quiver. This 7’4″ has the 1/2 Orange – 1/2 Green deck spray. Photo, Warren Bolster. @bernie_baker1 #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrsinglefin #mrretrosinglefin #mr1979retrosinglefin #mr1979retrosinglefinmodel #mr1979retrocontestquiver #mr1979hawaiicontestquiver #pipeline #pipelinemasters

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