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1979  Mark Richards Twin fin II   5 ft 11" 
#177 
MANUFACTURE
MANUFACTURER: Maddog Surfboards, Industrial Estate, Byron Bay 
SHAPER:  KF ?
DESIGN: Mark Richards' Twin fin 2
DESIGNER: Mark Richards
SPECIFICATIONS
CONSTRUCTION: Foam blank, 1/8" redwood stringer, spray, r/h plug, Post production 6'' centre fin box.
DIMENSIONS
Length:
5
feet
11
inches    
Width:
19 1/2
inches  
Wide Point:
+ 3
inches
Nose :
15
inches  
Tail: 
14 1/2
inches
Thickness: 
2 1/2
inches  
Pod:
6 ?
inches
Nose/L:
  inches  
Tail/L:
  inches
 Weight:
  kilograms  
Volume:
 
litres
Swallow:
1 1/2?
inches deep
Flyer:
7?
inches
FEATURES
Nose: Pin 
Tail:  swallow tail, flyer.
Deck:   flat 
Bottom:  slight Vee in nose, deeper at fins, channel from fin base to rail 
Rails: Tucked 
Rocker:
FINS:
6" x 5"  @ 10''base 
Brewer, wide base
Red  laminate, 
Inside flat/outside foiled, toed and tipped/cambered
Post production 6'' centre fin box.- no fin fitted.
Probably small Stabilizer fin
#40 MR twin fins
DECOR
DECALS
Deck
.'MR' script , red and white.
Bottom
 'Mark Richards' script and ribbon graphic, rainbow. 
Blue example, right. 
MARKINGS
Deck
 'KP' ,pencil at centre
Bottom:
COLOUR
Deck
Clear with three colour (red - maroon) tail swerl
Yellow rails 
 Red and white resin pinlines.
Bottom
Yellow spray
# 40 MR ribbon '78
# 40 MR ribbon '78
NOTES
BOARD HISTORY
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 
DESIGN HISTRORY
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. 
REFERENCES
Book
Knox: Mark Richards    pages 61 to... 
Film
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 . 
CONDITION: 8
# 40 MR ribbon '78
# 40 MR ribbon '78
Other Twin Fins II
#165 Mark Richards Twin Fin 2, 
#40 Mark Richards Twin Fin 2, 
Mark Richards' first Twin fin 2, based on Reno Abeliro's Fish, Coke Contest 1976
Photograph: Andrew Canning
#39 Bryne Bros. Surfboards Twin Fin 2 1978
Shaped by laurie Byrne.
#119 Hawaiian 1979 Hawaiian Pro Designs, Twin fin 2.  6 ft 1" Larry Bertelmann Model
#55 Pipedreams Flyer Roundtail Twin Fin 2 1979 6 ft 2''

#43p MR's Apia/Brewer Stingers, circa 1976#40p MR Twin fins, circa 1978
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. 

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