Can You Handle the Penetrator?

Board design was the quiet part of the post-Gidget surf boom. There were no groundbreaking changes between the late '50s and the mid-'60s, just refinement. Dale Velzy’s wide-backed “pig,” introduced in the mid-'50s and still popular at the turn of the decade, was replaced by a more uniformly-curved silhouette—less hips, more nose. The “roundpin” tail outline was introduced as a hybrid between the traditional squaretail and the big-wave pintail. Fin area came down, and fin position moved a lit...