NEW ZEALAND ’59: THE ACCIDENTAL NON-REVOLUTIONARY SHORTBOARD MOVEMENT

Mike Cooney, one of the original wave-riders from the Northland New Zealand, got in touch with me a few years back and over the course of a few emails, photos included, explained how surfing came to his area in the late 1950s. What Mike described was in most ways the standard gung-ho teenage DIY surfing-origin story—except for the boards. Through some combination of luck and intuition, Mike and his friends, working in their backyards and garages and almost completely cut off from the rest of ...