JOE QUIGG: “WHY WERE PEOPLE SO INTO SIMMONS? WHAT WAS IT?”

We love the shortboard revolution because it radically, wonderfully, and forever changed board design. We also love it because it’s so well documented. Photos, movies, articles—the whole shebang is there, in primary sources galore, for us to examine and exalt and argue over. But surfboard evolution actually made a greater leap right after World War II. In 1940 we’re on…