“Off The Wall” in 1978 on my 6’4″ Twin Fin

“Off The Wall” in 1978 on my 6’4″ Twin Fin. This one became known as the “Free Ride” model. It’s the board I was riding in some of the “Off the Wall” North Shore sequences in Bill Delaneys movie Free Ride. Dimensions were 21″ wide & 27/8″ thick. So stoked I still have the original board. The shorts were a favourite pair of Quiksilver scallop legs that I wore for the whole Hawaiian season & the Australian summer. Custom made in Torquay with me picking the colors. Black Yoke, Yellow font & back with red sides. I don’t have them any more but wish I did even though there is no way they would fit me now. The leg length looks super short compared to today’s board shorts. I shaped, sprayed & glassed this board. Photo Dan Merkel @merkelmedia @quiksilver @sammygosling @samueltgriffiths @stephenisbelly @euroglass @cidoubleyou @mikereilly1 @mikypicon @boardriderscoolangatta @boardridersmalibu @boardridersericeira @boardriderstorquay @boardriderscapbreton @fuzzy66 @anothery @empireave #markrichardssprays #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfin #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsforever #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeride #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridetwinfin #mrfreerideretrotwinfin

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Re Post from @beach_beat surf shop in Caloundra on the “Sunny Coast”

Re Post from @beach_beat surf shop in Caloundra on the “Sunny Coast”. This collection of original MR Twin Fins from the 1970’s & 80’s belongs to @lohy69 @slimesboardstore @surfboardempire @markrichardssurfboardsapparel #markrichardssprays #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinfever #twinfinsrule #twinfinsforever #twinfinfevercatchit #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel

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Photos of a vintage MR Twin Fin from the late 1970’s that was posted by

Photos of a vintage MR Twin Fin from the late 1970’s that was posted by @treetosurf For its age, at a guess 40 years old it appears to be in excellent condition. The Fins are original & there does not seem to be any cracks in the rovings around the fin bases. I really like the spray, it could be a good one to do on one the current 1980 Retro Pro Twin Fin Models. @slimesboardstore @surfboardempire @pop_diddy #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsforever #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel

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With Richie Lovett in Slimes Boardstore in Newcastle

With Richie Lovett in Slimes Boardstore in Newcastle. We did an interview discussing Twin Fins for an episode of My Surf TV. I’m holding a 6’4″ Free Ride Retro Twin which is owned by FCS / Surf Hardware. Richie is holding a stock 1980 Retro Pro Twin Fin model. @riklove72 @fcs_surf @mikedurante @joshuahalldesign @slimesboardstore @mysurftv @quiksilver @sammygosling @samueltgriffiths @mikypicon @stephenisbelly @cidoubleyou @mikereilly1 @fuzzy66 #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsforever #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel #mr1980retroprotwinfinmodel #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mr1978retrotwinfin #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfin #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel

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At the WSL awards with Gabriel Medina & Tatiana Weston -Webb on the “Goldy” last

At the WSL awards with Gabriel Medina & Tatiana Weston -Webb on the “Goldy” last night. I got to do the presentation for the inaugural “Fan Favourite” award which was entirely voted on by the fans. Gabriel & Tatiana won , their prizes were 1978 Retro Twin Fins representing the first year I re introduced the Twin Fin. Later on in the night Gabriel delivered a very heartfelt world title acceptance speech praising how hard Julian & Felipe has pushed him at the end of the year. He then went on to explain how the world title wins had done so much for promoting surfing in Brazil & how many young kids were now keen to learn to surf. His success had enabled hm to set up the Gabriel Medina Foundation aimed at helping kids in need to find a focus & direction in their life. The speech was all about how his competitive success & profile had put him in a position to help other people. @gabrielmedina @tatiwest @wsl @cabiancadesign @jesse_mendes @basquecountrysurf @ripcurl_aus @neilridgway @ripcurl_usa @ripcurl_europe @ripcurl_brasil #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsforever #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel

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Photos of an MR Twin Fin model that was made by @gordonandsmith surfboards in San

Photos of an MR Twin Fin model that was made by @gordonandsmith surfboards in San Diego in the late 70’s. It’s 6’0″ long, 201/8″ wide & 3″ thick. I think it was shaped by Robin Prodanovich who I worked with at the time to replicate the Twin Fins I was shaping. Robin is still living in San Diego & shaping. @robin_prodanovich surfboards. Nearly all of my boards that came out of the G & S factory had the Star Systems fin boxes with removable fins. The board photos were originally posted on @thevintagesurfboard @todprod #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsforever #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel

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A shot from 1978 at “Off The Wall” in Hawaii

A shot from 1978 at “Off The Wall” in Hawaii. The board is the 6’4″, 21″ wide, 27/8″ thick Free Ride Twin Fin. The stance ?? Well, I was influenced by South African Shaun Tomson’s tube riding style. He was going mad at OTW getting long deep tube rides with a forward stance where he was continually making adjustments to his line to follow the contours of the tube. At the time it was revolutionary as tube riding was usually based on setting a line after the bottom turn & hoping it was correct to get you in & out of the barrel. I have no idea if I managed to get some pressure on the inside rail to alter my line ? By the looks of it I’m about a second away from wearing the lip on my head. Photo, @chrisklopf @quiksilver @fuzzy66 @shauntomson @carlatomson @anothery #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsforever #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsrule #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridetwinfin #mrfreerideretrotwinfin

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A quiver of MR’s, (not mine )

A quiver of MR’s, (not mine ). The age spread would be around 40 years. The newest board would the one with black / red stripes & was made in 2018. The oldest would be one of the first two, guessing from the late 1970’s. From Left to Right, 5’10” & 6’2″ late 70’s vintage original Twin Fins. 6’2″ 1982 Retro Twin. 6’3″ Mega Twin model. 6’4″ Free Ride Retro Twin model. MR Free Ride Skaeboard. 6’6″ Bushranger Round tail Thruster model & 6’9″ Thruster mini gun. #markrichardssprays #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssurfboards #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel #twinfinsforever #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #mrmegatwin #mrmegatwinmodel #mr1982retrotwinfin #mr1982retrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrbushranger #mrbushrangermodel #mrbushrangerroundtailmodel #mrbushrangerroundtail #mrbushrangerroundpin #mrbushrangerroundpinmodel

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My Free models displayed using Spectre Ghost Racks

My Free models displayed using Spectre Ghost Racks. One board is the original from 1978 & one is an unridden Replica. In the first two photos of the original you can see the price of old dirty string still in the leg rope plug. This is the same piece that has been there for 41 years since 1978. My son Kyle installed the racks. @kylerichards1 @ghost.racks #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsforever #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsrule #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridemodel #mrfreeridetwinfinmodel #mrfreerideretrotwinfinmodel #mrfreeridetwinfin #mrfreerideretrotwinfin

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A range of Retro Twin Fins with epic sprays just arrived at the Quiksilver Boardriders

A range of Retro Twin Fins with epic sprays just arrived at the Quiksilver Boardriders store in Malibu. @boardridersmalibu @quiksilver @fuzzy66 @cidoubleyou @mikereilly1 @benny_big @mikypicon @samueltgriffiths @sammygosling @tapedoff @search4shin @boardriderscoolangatta @boardriderstorquay #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardscolordesigns #markrichardssprays #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsrule #twinfinsforever #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #mr1978retrotwinfin #mr1978retrotwinfinmodel #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel #mr1980retroprotwinfin #mr1980retroprotwinfinmodel

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