Two decades after Litmus, film makers Jon Frank, Andrew Kidman and Mark Sutherland have reunited with Derek Hynd, whose J-Bay sessions in the original film are the stuff of legend. 'His surfing reset what surfers worldwide wanted beneath their feet and led to the biggest revolution in boards since the shortboard. Derek is joined by several members of the original cast to consider where their lives lived through surfing have taken them. What differing paths have been travelled by the core Litmus protagonists since then and now?'.
Derek Hynd was among the wide and varied group of surfing eccentrics, intellectuals and free-spirited characters at the commencement of the Hot Buttered brand. Derek Hynd epitomised ’inner truths’ at every level of pure individuality. Derek's extraordinary addition to HB's twin fin design stream differed dramatically to MR’s deep V style. The original TF shaped DH concept features prominent concaves through the fin area, a refined, thinner beaked nose line (heralding the no-nose era), and a stabilizer fin (foreshadowing the tri-fin). To swooping arcs and snaps, DH added 360. foam bounces and even footstraps for more adventure. In this second coming, TF’s influences were Bertleman and Liddell, for DH, Smithy and Ron Woodward. Derek’s brand of aggressive pocket surfing took him to No. 7 in the World, twice.
Jeff and Dave Hubbard bodyboard all the top spots on Oahu's North Shore, using all their latest Hubboards bodyboards, fins, wetsuits, leashes and accessories. Watch the footage of Dave Hubbard testing it out at Pipeline, the results were incredible! Also big congratulations to Jeff Hubbard for winning 1st Place at the 2017 MS Pipeline Invitational, making Hubb a 5x Pipeline Bodyboard Champion. HUBBOARDS are distributed in Australia by HOT BUTTERED and available from these stockists
Dave has lost 80% vision in one eye and uses only HB prescription glasses and sunglasses.
A 7'6 Hot Buttered Sunset Gun (Rainbow Board) will be on display at this week's Duke's Day, Freshwater. Jack McCoy asked Terry Fitzgerald to comment on the original board he rode and the following handshapes he created from the 1971 Duke Kahanamoku Classic in Hawaii in which Terry was the finalist and Australia’s only representative. The TF story is as follows (extracted from copy written for Rusty P... and used in TSJ a couple of years ago):
• My very first idea came from Bunker, surfing Pokala rights in summer
1971. He had a rope handled kneeboard which he paddle in laying down,
took off on his knees and then pulled on the handles for his trim line
and then stood up. He had small keel shaped resin fins stuck in the tail
rail to help keep a high line.
• The jump came in the our winter of ‘72. My Hawaiian influenced boards
just did not have enough tail area to skate over the flat-spots at Narrabeen.
So, I ADDED wings (or what we called flyers). The idea was that ß
by adding the wing to the rail it would add more planning area flat, but,
you would still have a narrow tail for in the pocket and bigger waves.
The ‘wing/flyer’ had to be pinched to allow the rail to stay in the wave
and run you higher as well (á la Bunker’s idea). But, the wing also gave
you a break point for snapping out of the lip. So, three pure benefits
i) More planning area to get across the flats
ii Pinched wing to stick in the face and ride high on
iii) A break point in the rail to snap off the lip on
Tested in Hawaii that year and then launched in December ‘72,
January ‘73 in Australia.
• ADDED: note - wings we not something you created by cutting a piece
out of the tail of your board. They were ADDED to the rail line / foil
and planshape...and pinched to have minimum effect of rail line
entry and line, but, maximum effect on planning area when flat,
plus the increased ability to run high and hold a high line.
“My whole wing thing only came with concaves - a double edged development.
Concave to get you up the face, wings to hold the high line.” TF