Mark Richards- 1985 at Waimea Bay for the Billabong Pro

Mark and I have had a long friendship together, both with him as a Pro rider on my boards, and also with our ongoing businesses of shaping and building surfboards. In the 1985 Billabong event, the surf leading into and through the beginning part of the event was building up to be a massive Waimea sized swell, and Randy Rarick and Gordon Merchant had decided to hold the next day’s competition at Waimea if the surf cooperated. The night before that big day, many visiting Pro surfers began scrambling to find the right equipment since they were totally under gunned for the next day’s completion. The following is Mark’s recollection of that drama:

About Pat Rawson

Pat Rawson has been shaping surfboards since 1966, and manufacturing surfboards on the North Shore of Oahu since 1972. Combining pre-proven, innovative custom designs with handcrafted experience, Rawson shapes and sells to 19 countries worldwide from 6 hi-tech manufacturing locations.