LOOKING BACK IS HERE TO STAY
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.
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.||