1977 6'2" code 77

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Code 77, 1977. The Morning Star was such a gem. I think I handed it over to Terry at HB as a trade in. Almost every board to do with team riders anywhere had a trade in clause. I guess in the cold turkey sense I faced a steep learning curve riding relatively hard edged boards designed for walls not beach breaks in being at Hot Buttered. I was introduced to a matching quiver where I was encouraged to train on a slightly larger version of my HB contest board before stepping down a few inches for deliverance in heats. The boards were area round pins, red bottoms wrapped to the lap, light blue deck; 6oz on the bottom, 6oz with 4oz patch on the deck. I remember wanting an outline not unlike Col Smith's revolutionary Bean of the time. Terry magnanimously shaped a board that went against his flier philosophy, a sweet 6'2" with Brewer fin that may not have been as fast as the Morning Star twin but it sure did settle down my approach. For the first time, particularly at North Narra, I could look at the pivot and power of Ronnie Ford and Simon Anderson with improved sense of how to slot more radically in the pocket, particularly on lefts. Really interesting that TF allowed me this hiatus before letting me run wild again on speed twins the next,year and beyond. I probably learnt how to define a wave on the 6'2"...Code 77. Up at Newport in club events at The Peak I retained an advantage over Tom(Carroll) despite the change of design and shaper. The slightly larger day to day version delivered a power to weight quotient when transferring down to the little one for events. It produced a type of secret formula of how to peak in planned situations. It allowed me to make the Northern Beaches team for the Open Men's NSW State Titles against some seriously strong opponents. I've kept to the formula every surfing week since, which isn't said lightly. Keeping up the regimen has salved my soul. At that time, 1977, there was no better maestro of quiver use than Terry Fitzgerald. Aside from being outrageously gifted as the doyen of style and precision all over the planet, he was a thinker. To have been so close to the man's philosophy was the greater gift.