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Mike Hynson, Skip Fyre and a local from Oahu

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Mike Hynson, Skip Fyre and a local from Oahu

This blog post we thought we would share with you an extract from the book G&S: One Long Ride. This extract sums up some of what was happening in the early to mid sixties as well as some great old photos all courtesy of Neal Norris.  Mike Hynson on the Stretch Model The business was always busy in the fall because of the good surf. It was a reward to the locals for sharing their beaches with the tourists during the summer. Larry's strong advertisements and the surf team, headed by Mike Hynson and Skip Fyre, were making a strong...

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Surfing's First World Contest 1966

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Surfing's First World Contest 1966

San Diego hosted the First World Surfing Contest in August 1966. Larry entered the team: Skip Fyre, Billy Hamilton, Mike Hynson and Ricky Ryan. He also sponsored Kevin Cavey from Ireland who came to compete. The contest drew the finest surfers from the U.S.A., Hawaii, Australia, Europe and Ireland. They all came to surf the multi day event.  At the time of the event G&S ran the following ad to welcome surfers from all over the world to G&S Country as it was held at their local break.  This is another iconic ad that we have turned into a tee! ...

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Order Forms of 1964

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Order Forms of 1964

Back in 1964 G&S started bringing out a bunch of innovations in the board shaping space. One of which was the glass tail blocks and nose blocks. This undoubtedly gave G&S a lot of extra attention from competition and their customers.  Back then prices also used to be a little bit different. One of these tail blocks would cost you around $15. That's as much as a burger for lunch nowadays. Of course we have to look how the economy grows and looking back to 1964 the cost of a burger probably would have been around 15c!  Never the less...

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The Early Shaping Machines

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The Early Shaping Machines

Shaping machines are a common thing of 2020 surfboard production we use them to get the initial shape then refine all the edges and important details in the shaping bay. But look back to 1964 when Larry Gordon made the first shaping machine. Here is an extract from G&S: One Long Ride.   In 1964 Larry got the idea for a shaping machine. He had a relative who was an inventor of sorts. Herb Bent had built and designed many of the machines at Gordons Plastics. They embarked on a very expensive project to create a shaping machine. Larry gave...

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2020 Skateboard Range

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2020 Skateboard Range

 

Here is our new limited run of G&S Skateboards. They are all a Popsicle shape this year but come in a range of sizes. 

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