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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…

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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″…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Massive “Bell” billboard in the car park at the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro Easter

Massive “Bell” billboard in the car park at the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro Easter Classic. There were thousands of people watching the event, I somehow managed to get the photo with no one near it. @ripcurl_australia #bellsbeach @neilridgway…

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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…

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