MANUFACTURER: Maddog Surfboards, Industrial Estate, Byron Bay
SHAPER: KF ?
DESIGN: Mark Richards' Twin fin 2
DESIGNER: Mark Richards
CONSTRUCTION: Foam blank, 1/8" redwood stringer, spray, r/h plug, Post production 6'' centre fin box.
Tail: swallow tail, flyer.
Bottom: slight Vee in nose, deeper at fins, channel from fin base to rail
Collected by Ralph Riddell , circa 2001.
On display at Ralph Riddell Surfboards
34 Flinders Street Wollongong NSW 2500
Phone 02 4228 - 0988
Dimensions and photographs, 12.03.20002
Mark Richards was familiar with the Twin Fin I, see #00000071 , #00000161and #000106, (circa 1970 by Mike Eaton / Rolf Arness / Corky Carroll / David Nuuihwa -all USA) and imported to Australia by Tom Hoye (USA) where design had a strong following in Sydney, particularly at Narrabeen) by McCoy Surfboards. Although the design quickly disappeared in Australia, a small following continued in the USA (Steve Lis ) with the development of the Fish. This was to influence Reno Abellira, (Hawaii) who rode a 5 ft 3" x 20"model in the 1976 Coke contest, Sydney. Inspired, Mark Richards built his own version and subsequently refined it at a month long shaping seminar with Dick Brewer in Hawaii 1976-1977.The design was tested in Hawaii the following winter and contest success in the Bells 1978 and Stubbies 1979 contests and the 1979 World tiltle proved its high performance capabilities, particually in small waves. Available from all Australian manufacturers, it was the dominant small wave board design 1978 – 1981.
The design also had a strong following on the south shore of Ohau, notably Larry Bertlemann and 'Buttons', and was to be extensively used in the USA - Mark Richards models were made under licence by Gordon and Smith Surfboards.These apparently were available with fin boxes, a uncommon feature in Australian boards .
The design was also shaped by Mark Platter and Tony Cerff at Maddog Surfboards. Mark Richards Surfboards (single fin designs) were first manufactured by Morning Star Surfboards, Mona Vale. The fin to flyer channels rarely appear on later/copied examples.The ribbon decals were early designs, gradually replaced by a MR/Lightning Bolt, a MR script and a MR/Lizard graphic.Apparently the famous 'MR/Superman logo' decal only appeared on Mark Richards' personal boards during this early period. Legrope damage indicates possible pre rail saver use, tip damage to the tail is emdemic to this design.
Knox: Mark Richards pages 61 to...
Free Ride, 1977. Bill Delany , water footage by Dan Merkel.
Surfers : Shaun Tomson, Mark Richards and Rabbit Batholomew.
. *The definite film of this period, note that most of Mark Richards' surfing is not on a Twin fin II .
|Other Twin Fins II
Photograph by Peter Boskovic,
Printed in The Australian Surfers Journal Vol 1 # 3 Winter 1998 page 44
Note : Original Apia Surfboards 'Flame' Stinger, Twin fins with various decals.
All boards much photographed.