Every once in a while an email will come into my inbox, and I freak out with kid on Christmas morning excitement. The note was from Kirby Clark at the Hobie Designs warehouse and it was simply titled “The Legacy”. Kirby isn’t one to send out tons of emails, he is a busy guy, so I figured I better open it. This is what it said and the picture sent along with it…
I was thinking you could do a write up on the
‘Legend lives on” Terry Martin’s Legacy shaped by son Josh Martin.
See why I freaked out!! To say this board is a stunning masterpiece, might be an understatement… it is just beyond.
When Terry Martin passed away, I think many people wondered what would happen to his masterful surfboard designs. Would they become something that you talked about fondly, or would Hobie figure out a way to reproduce them while honoring the man himself? But if Hobie were to just “reproduce” them, would they have the same magic that each original Terry had? Would surfers feel comfortable riding such iconic surfboards, if someone other than Terry made them? If it were to be done, who would step into Terry’s shoes and shape them?
The questions have been answered. Josh Martin, one of Terry’s sons, will carry on in Terry’s absence. He will shape Terry’s models, including The Legacy, now. I can imagine if Terry were here, he would probably say… “Now, that is something really neat.” And it is! The Legend and The Legacy live on…
** A little bit about the board seen above**
A Classic double ender style board designed by world-renowned shaper Terry Martin. This board is the Coupe De Ville of surfboards, just a smooth gliding board that carries it’s speed through the wave with very little effort.
Stringers:1/4 CD +2-5/16 CD 7″out
Top Glass: 6oz + 6oz
Bottom Glass: 6oz
Finish: Gloss & Polish
Fins:Ofishyl Long – White
Color:Tint T&B rootbeer brown; dek/tail patch.
-Tracey Engelking photo by Kirby Clark