*Ultra Rare* All original 5’10 Larry Bertlemann personal rider, hand shaped twin-fin from 1980. This board was hand shaped by Larry Bertlemann. Very unique, one-of-a-kind color work featuring gold glitter flakes throughout the red and gold sections of the board, something we’ve never seen before on any other board (nor has any other collector we’ve shown the board to). It also features experimental tail flyers with the foam still white! Signed “Larry Bertlemann” in pencil under the glass. This board is by far the most incredible and unique hand shaped Larry Bertlemann board around. It belongs in a museum!
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Larry Bertlemann: Dynamic regular foot surfer from Honolulu, Hawaii; winner of the 1973 United States Surfing Championships, and often cited as progenitor of today’s high-performance shortboard surfing.
Nicknamed “Rubberman,” the kinetic and hyper-flexible Bertlemann surfed in a low, springy, open-knee crouch. He worked his board constantly, but the motion was blended and synched, and he brought a smoothness to even the most explosive turns. Some of Bertlemann’s best surfing was done on the Ben Aipa-designed split-railed stinger boards of the mid- ’70s. A hardcore skateboarder, the 5′ 9″, 160-pound Hawaiian regularly practiced his high-torque turns on asphalt and concrete. Bertlemann permanently altered the body dynamics of surfing, which in turn opened up the range of on-wave lines, angles, and arcs; his style was imprinted directly on a slightly younger group of Hawaiian surfers, including Dane Kealoha, Buttons Kaluhiokalani, and Mark Liddell. In the late ’70s, borrowing a move from the skateboard world, Bertlemann began working on aerials—what he immodestly called “Larryials”—and became a forerunner to high-flying Kelly Slater and the rest of the early ’90s New School surfers.
Read the full article @ Matt Warshaw’s Encyclopedia of Surfing… http://encyclopediaofsurfing.com/entries/bertlemann-larry