FAILURE TO LAUNCH: SHORTBOARDS BEFORE THE SHORTBOARD REVOLUTION

Earlier this week I posted about a group of Northland New Zealand teens who, in 1959, not really knowing what surfboards were supposed to look like, decided to build their own equipment and—surprise! What they came up with was incredibly if accidentally anti-longboard. Very 1971, in fact. After a couple of years, when the outside world intruded and Northland boys found out they were doing it "wrong," they switched over to riding regular logs.

That one was unique in terms of how the boards ...