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The Evolution of Longboarding

Maljam celebrates the 3 main stages of the Longboard evolution

from the early 1950’s hollow Wooden Boards, to the Single Fins and the modern day Performance models.

Okanui’s and Toothpicks. 
By today’s standards they barely resemble a surfboard.
Toothpick is an Australian designed and built craft originally designed for surf life saving. It’s made of timber, is hollow and has no fin. To turn them surfers used to drop the toes of their back foot into the water using their foot as a rudder. The hollow Okanui surfed from the late 40’s – 50’s until balsa was available.
Both are still handmade today by skilled craftsmen. At Maljam it’s a demonstration event that is sure to please the crowd

Born in the 50’s and refined in the 60’s. 
These longboards defined the era of design 
experimentation such as performance, speed, and adjustments for different conditions – everything was being constantly altered, including the nose, shape, curve and tail.
Under the 
feet of an expert, the modern day ‘log’ is transformed with graceful glides, nose rides, drop knee 
cutbacks, coffins and trimming manoeuvres.
This was the standout final at last years Maljam.

Since the Longboard resurgence in the late 80’s, the modern Longboard has gone through its own revolution in design.
Surfers want to push the limits, they want the benefits of both a longboard and the 
manoeuvrability of a short board. Narrower, lighter and more curve in the bottom these boards are built to throw around.
Suits North Curly’s infamous steep take off and shallow water sandbanks.




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