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TOM BLAKE WITH HIS QUIVER, 1929

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TOM BLAKE WITH HIS QUIVER

 

The most famous image of Tom Blake and his boards, all of which he shaped and made himself. Self-portrait, late 1929. Tom described these boards, beginning with the shortest: “My favorite redwood board, 11 feet long, 23” side, 3 ½” thick, square-edged on the bottom for steadiness. Number 2, of red cedar, and one foot longer, is a combination board for surfing and fast paddling. Number 3, for big waves, hollow modern version of ancient Olo board, 14’6”, 20” wide, weight 120 pounds, and has proven easier to handle than Number 4, a reproduction of the ancient Hawaiian Olo. Number 5, a light hollow 16-footer, broke all paddle-race records at Ala Wai Canal. Number 6, solid and heavy, is a training board identical in shape to number 5.”

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