LOOK­ING BACK IS HERE TO STAY

Tracks - - Stuff We Dig -

Well over 10 years ago Tracks splashed with the cover line: Is Retro Get­ting Old? Opin­ions were di­vided back then and re­main so to­day. Crit­ics ar­gued that re­vival­ism was des­tined to be a short-lived fad but they were cer­tainly wrong about that. In­ter­est in all things old has only bloomed in the decade since. Retro has be­come a dis­tinct sub­set of surf­ing with its own mags, he­roes, films and aes­thet­ics. The broader hip­ster phe­nom­ena has blended seam­lessly with surf­ing's coun­ter­cul­ture rev­er­ence to pro­duce a bearded sea-mon­ster. Fun­nily enough the in­ter­est in old board de­signs orig­i­nally came from earnest board ob­ses­sives like Derek Hynd, Dave Par­menter, Tom Cur­ren and filmmaker An­drew Kid­man who dis­played zero in­ter­est in look­ing groovy. To­day it's easy to write the whole move­ment off as a poseur scene or just an­other way to com­mer­cialise coun­ter­cul­ture but its longevity and pop­u­lar­ity would sug­gest oth­er­wise. No one sticks with a dog of a board for 10 years just be­cause it looks cool. Many old de­signs ac­tu­ally go un­real in the right waves. While some have sug­gested that em­brac­ing the past is a fast track to a cul­tural dead end, a more gen­er­ous view is that surf­ing has evolved into a broad church. Retro is no longer a move­ment – it's a val­ued part of the mod­ern surf ex­pe­ri­ence.

SWILLY

Rasta is never one to limit his quiver to one kind of craft. Here he hits mach-10 on a bed of rub­ber and air.||

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