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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Hawaiian master shaper & legend surfer Reno Abellira at Bells Beach, mid 70’s during the

Hawaiian master shaper & legend surfer Reno Abellira at Bells Beach, mid 70’s during the Rip Curl Easter Classic. His O’Neill wetsuit had Bell Bottoms !!! I worshiped the ground Reno walked on but I couldn’t quite get my head around this “wettie” !!! Reno made me some of the best surfboards I have ever had in my life. The first two being the 7’8″ & 8’0″ magenta & yellow wing / Pin Single Fins that I rode in Hawaii in 1976 & 1977. The third shot is of Reno winning the Smirnoff Pro event at Waimea Bay in 1974 in absolutely massive conditions with quite a few close out sets during the day. A postcard sized shot of Reno sits above the side light in my shaping room next to the Eddie Vedder “Uke songs” postcard. @renoabellira @tracksmag @surfinglife @surfer_magazine @surfersjournal @bernie_baker1 @ripcurl_aus @ripcurl_usa @oneillusa @oneilloz @neilridgway @j__vedder @ronnieblakey_ @luisrealcollection @surfectionbyron #renoabellira #ripcurlprobellsbeach #ripcurlbellsbeachpro

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A shot of me at Bells during the Rip Curl Bells Beach Easter Pro

A shot of me at Bells during the Rip Curl Bells Beach Easter Pro. I think it was taken 39 years ago in 1980. I was riding a 6’2″, 201/4″ wide & 27/8″ thick Twin Fin that I’d shaped, sprayed & glassed. Ive never seen this photo until it was posted by @silversurfer0161 & there were a few comments regarding the deck Color, lack of MR logo & No visible Wax. I was using a full deck of Astro Deck traction which actually felt slippery to touch dry as it was smooth but grippy once wet. In those days there were sections of the car park that were unsealed & preparing for a surf by the time you got to the water the soles of your feet were covered with soil / clay / ? ( not sure exactly what was in the soil there ?? But my feet always felt slippery surfing at Bells ). The traction problems there with wax were a confidence killer so the Astro Deck was my solution to the problem. It worked really well. Sorry don’t know who took the photo ? @quiksilver @adamrobbo1 @ripcurl_newcastle @markrichardssurfboardsapparel @seano888 @surfview @ripcurl_aus @ripcurl_usa @neilridgway @ripcurl_europe @bellst204 #markrichardssurfboards #markrichardssprays #markrichardscolordesigns #mrtwinfin #mrretrotwinfin #twinfinsrule #twinfinfever #twinfinfevercatchit #twinfinsforever #mr1980retrotwinfin #mr1980retrotwinfinmodel #mr1980retroprotwinfin #mr1980retroprotwinfinmodel #ripcurlpro #ripcurlprobellsbeach #ripcurlbellsbeachpro #ripcurlprobells

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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 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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