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Monday, November 12, 2007
Probably the most impressive form of ancient finless surfboard is the olo. The olo was the surfboard reserved for Hawaiian royalty, and to be able to ride one by all accounts must have taken extraordinary skill. Typically the deck and bottom curvature of the olo was similar and convex in nature with knifey rounded rails, and very heavy indeed.
These boards were designed for riding the large green unbroken waves on the far outer reefs of places like Waikiki.Tom recreated an olo from Pawlonia to experience what surfing one would have been like and was incredibly challenged by it. He said the tasks of simply paddling the board and catching waves were substantial. The following pic is a fitting tribute to Toms skill as a surfer and craftman. His first wave on the olo.
Without doubt, one of the most impressive displays of surfing I have ever seen was when Tom convincingly rode his 16foot, olo on the waves of King Island (in the Bass Strait) off the mainland of Australia.
Framegrab from MusicaSurfica.
All hail the KING.