A few days ago our good friend and surfer Denny Michael, from the Surfing Heritage Foundation, sent us over this clip called “The Big Pink Hobie”… needless to say we couldn’t wait to share it with you. Before we do, though, we have to take a minute to thank the SHF for their tireless dedication to archiving and preserving surfing history. Just walking into the building you not only feel a sense of nostalgia at the incredible display of surfcraft from every era. You also slowly start to realize that you are receiving a top notch education in not only in building, design, and process, but the cast of characters that have called the surfing world home. Each new era of design brought with it a whole new way of riding the wave, and the SHF does an excellent job of educating you as well as making you go “ooohhhhhh… I want to ride That one!”. If you haven’t been in, stop in and take a look around, it might be the inspiration you need to become the next master shaper or it might make you finally go down to the beach and catch your first wave.
Back to the clip… It’s part of the growing collection of video clips on The Surfing Heritage Foundation’s You Tube channel called, of course, Surfing Heritage TV. They cover everything from vintage clips of the 60’s and 70’s, interviews from legends of the surf world, waves from Mexico to Australia, views of their exhibits, and much more.
This clip was put together by Denny to celebrate one particular board. The Big Pink Hobie. He takes you through the Uncle Buck‘s whole history, from being lovingly handcrafted by Terry Martin, to being ridden by the likes of Bucky Barry, Christian Wach, and Denny’s son Blake. Even after being forgotten in a backyard for a time, she was restored by Donny Brink and brought back to life to be ridden again and again, right up to today! Enjoy, and thank you so much Denny and the SHF for preserving our past while inspiring our future.
Made you want to go surf, didn’t it??