Terry Fitzgerald featured in Alby Falzon's original film 'Morning of the Earth' and continues his surfing internationally whilst shaping his single fin surfboards and other designs at Hot Buttered in Australia.
As a sequel to the iconic Falzon film, Andrew Kidman has produced 'Spirit of Akasha'. During the initial showing of the 'Spirit of Akasha' at San Sebastian Film Festival in 2013, the Single Fin segment received some of the greatest reviews which perhaps demonstrates both the awe felt when watching single fin and free style surfing and the connection with the benefits of riding single fin surfboards.
We thought we should share the following story. For new Swallow Tails, check out RAINBOW CUSTOM BOARDS Hello, I'd like to show you a classic HB I have recently had restored. The board is 6'5", wing swallow tail, single to double concave, a yellow spray (beyond the fade of time) with pinched low rails in the tail toward the flyers. It is numbered 5083. Personally, I'm over the moon as I've wanted a HB like this since I was 17 in 1992. I grew up surfing single fins in WA in the 1990's, when like minded people were fairly thin on the ground and HB's were made of unobtainium. Greg who ran Oceans surf shop had a couple of them - massive airbrushed guns that made the greatest statement I'd ever seen on a surfboard. I was in awe. If you have any more information about the board, I'd love to learn as much as I can about it. Any tips for riding? I am more at home on single fins anyway. How would it differ from riding a Drifta III - if I was lucky enough to order one from you in the future? It will now be preserved as long as this History graduate can keep it - and surf it from time to time! Lastly, a very big thank you to TF, KF and JF for the inspiration over the years. Kind regards John, Torquay Hi John, 5083 would place it in the mid-70's, so one of the earlier round wing swallows. Not shaped by me, but, by Frank Williams (later of tri-fin fame). Frank worked to my designs and was incredible at getting production through, hence the 'Designed by.... decal under the rainbow. Yes, surfs very different from a Drifta, those little side fins really do help transform a wide tail into a tight tail. However, what you have there is the beginning of today's standard bottom shape, concave and v combos.... with wings. Thanks for the compliments, much appreciated. John, you have to surf this bugger OK.... paddle it out at Winki on a mid-size day and aim it. Have fun. Terry
Martyn Worthington, HB's airbrush artist for Terry Fitzgerald custom handshape surfboards gets a write-up:http://www.rockpaperink.com/content/column.php?id=491
Martyn's creative force is also captured on Hot Buttered Skateboard decks:
The re-release of SULTANS OF SPEED - first time available since it's VHS release in 1989 is now available from The Surf Network... http://www.thesurfnetwork.com/movies#search/sort=mp/query=sultans