The 1980 Rip Curl Bells Beach Easter Classic trophy

The 1980 Rip Curl Bells Beach Easter Classic trophy. Without question the best & one of the most coveted trophy’s in pro surfing. I’d always wanted to win this event so bad just to get a Bell & was so stoked when I finally did in 1978. I remember flying home from Melbourne nursing the trophy all the way so it didn’t get damaged. Bells is totally misunderstood a lot of the time by some of the competitors & internet viewers. It’s a good wave but very very difficult to surf well. It has a million moods depending on swell size, swell direction & especially the tides. You can watch previous heats & have a heat strategy plan which usually goes to shit as the surf can change drastically by the time you get out there. It’s so easy to get out of rhythm & lost at sea. Over the years during the contest some of the best surfers in the world have not surfed well there. They could not get their head around the challenge of how to surf it successfully. I love to watch Bells now & from what I understand there is some pressure to remove the event from the tour but I hope they never do… @wsl @ripcurl_aus @quiksilver @starksurfforlife @australianationalsurfingmuseum @strappersurf @mcsurfboards @seano888 @stephenisbelly @anothery @surfingvictoria @limowall @daveprodan @stridersworld @joeturpel @iancairns @gashsurfboards @ronnieblakey_ @neilridgway @surfview @ripcurl_europe @surfinglife @vaughandeadly @ripcurl_newcastle @hoy666 @ripcurl_usa @mfanno @lukeegan @joelparko @tracksmag @surfingworld @ripcurl_newcastle @bellsbeach_surfshop #ripcurlbellsbeachpro #bellsbeach

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A bottom turn shot from the early 1980’s during the Rip Curl Easter Classic at

A bottom turn shot from the early 1980’s during the Rip Curl Easter Classic at Bells Beach. The board is either a 6’2″ or a 6’4″ twin fin. My contest quiver consisted of a 6’2″ for small surf & the 6’4″ was the “step up” in case the surf got bigger. I did the Color designs on them as well as the Glassing & decal set ups, both were identical so in this case I can’t tell which one it was…. I think it was the 6’4″ which is on display in a glass case in Torquay at Surfworld / Australia Surfing Museum. Sorry I don’t know who took the photo, I found it on Instagram @silversurfer0161 @ripcurl_aus @neilridgway @surfview @anothery @seano888 @australianationalsurfingmuseum @mfanno @markrichardssurfboardsapparel @ripcurl_usa @ripcurl_newcastle @ripcurl_europe @surfboardempire #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardssprays #markrichardscolordesigns #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsforever #mr1981retrotwinfin #mr1981retroworldtitletwinfinreplica #mr1981retroworldtitletwinfinreplicamodel #mr1981retrotwinfinmodel #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel #ripcurlbellsbeachpro #bellsbeach

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Tracks magazine cover from May 1980

Tracks magazine cover from May 1980. From memory this was taken above the corner where you turn left to head out to Bells after driving through Torquay. The board in the blue cover was my 6’2″ Twin Fin which was my main contest board. During those years when I was competing I travelled with a quiver of 2 boards. The back up board was a 6’4″ Twin Fin in case of larger surf. Two boards were all I traveled with until I got to Hawaii for the final events of the year where I usually added 3 Single Fins to the Quiver. Even when it was cold I always wore thongs so I’m surprised I could walk in those jeans without tripping over the flares !! . I don’t remember who took the photo ? @tracksmag @quiksilver @ripcurl_aus #markrichardssurfboards #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsforever #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel #bellsbeach #bellsbeachpro #ripcurlprobellsbeach

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A shot from Easter 1978 at the Rip Curl Pro event at Bells Beach

A shot from Easter 1978 at the Rip Curl Pro event at Bells Beach. I’m riding the Free Ride Twin Fin, it’s 6’4″, 21″ wide & 27/8″ thick. Photo Art Brewer. @artbrewer @ripcurl_aus #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardsshapes #markrichardsshaping #markrichardssprays #markrichardscolordesigns #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsrule #twinfinsforever #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #bellsbeach #ripcurlbellsbeachpro m

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Safe to say Mick Fanning, his mates & half of Torquay have serious hangovers this

Safe to say Mick Fanning, his mates & half of Torquay have serious hangovers this morning from celebrating “The Festival Of Mick” at Bells. Very few athletes in any sport get to retire on their own terms at the time of their choosing. For Mick, announcing his retirement in advance, and finishing up at a favourite event in the home town of his sponsor Rip Curl, is the perfect ending. To do this while still surfing & competing at the top of his game is an awesome way to wind up an incredible career. Mick at Kirra, Photo, Corey Wilson @corey_wilson Second photo, Bells final, @wsl @ripcurl_aus @mfanno @ronnieblakey_ @seano888 #bellsbeach #ripcurlbellsbeachpro

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A shot from Bells from the mid 1970’s

A shot from Bells from the mid 1970’s. The board under my arm is a “Sting” shaped by Ben Aipa which was made in Hawaii. At this stage of Ben’s progress with advancing the design he was experimenting with a chime on the bottom edge of the rail which ran from the nose tip back to the Sting. It went really well but possibly not as good as the previous boards I had from him with a regular soft rail. This board was glassed with a yellow tint on both sides & it had red & black pigment arcs on the deck. Back in those days wetsuits were nowhere near as stretchy or flexible as they are today. I usually wore a long John at Bells so my arms weren’t restricted for paddling. This board is currently owned by Luke Carter & the photo was taken by Dick Hoole. @ljmrc @aipasurf @dukeaipa @akila_aipa @bellst204 @jackmccoyaloha #bellsbeach #benaipahawaii #benaipasurfboards

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A 40 year old shot of me taken at Bells Beach in 1978

A 40 year old shot of me taken at Bells Beach in 1978. I’m riding a Twin Fin, 6’4″ long, 21″ wide & 27/8″ thick, deep Vee bottom, fluted wings with a hard tucked under resin edge which ran from nose to tail. I still have this board & its now known as the Free Ride Twin Fin as it was the one I was riding in Bill Delaney’s classic movie “Free Ride”. Hugh McLeod from Surfing World magazine took the photo during the Rip Curl Bells Easter Classic. Not sure if the photo was taken during the event or a free surf. @surfingworld @ripcurl_aus @quiksilver #markrichardssurfboards #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #twinfinsforever #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #bellsbeach #ripcurlbellsbeachpro

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A shot from the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in 1980

A shot from the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in 1980. I have really good memories of competing there, Rip Curl founders Doug Warbrick & Brian Singer would always go out of their way to find the best surf possible over the Easter break. They would not hesitate to move to Winki Pop, north to 13th beach or a few hours south to Johanna whenever they deemed Bells not good enough. I’m riding a 6’2″, 201/4″ wide by 23/4″ thick Twin Fin. This is the board my 1980 Retro Twin Fin model is replicated from. My Bells quiver consisted of two boards, the 6’2″ for small surf & a 6’4″ Twin Fin in case it got big. Photo, Simon Chipper #bellsbeach @neilridgway @simonchipper #ripcurlpro @ripcurl_aus #twinfinsforever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinfever #twinfinsrule #markrichardssurfboards #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel #mrretrotwinfin #mrtwinfin

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Adam Robertson ripping on a 1980 Retro Twin Fin

Adam Robertson ripping on a 1980 Retro Twin Fin. I think the vision was taken at Bells Beach. The board is 5’10” long & the dimensions are stock for its size, 193/4″ wide & 23/4″ thick. It was a custom, Adam chose the colors & Mono did the spray. It’s set up with FCS 2 Plugs, twin fin positioning up front & an extra plug for a rear stabilizer. Background music, “Society” Eddie Vedder from the “Into The Wild” Album. @adamrobbo1 @fcs_surf @markmonostewart2481 @pearljam @robertwilson12345 #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel #mr1980retrotwinfin #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #bellsbeach

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