Friday, April 6, 2012
Pat Rawson on Facebook
"I felt I would re-post this picture which was shot at Kammie-land, sometime in Summer '86 first posted from Toyo Ohashi's wall. All my personal boards (thanks to Kenny Bradshaw) to this day, since the first Quads came in around 1984, were made as a 5 fin option (they could be ridden as a thruster or quad, sometimes a 5-er).
This one 6'2 had a moderate panel vee throughout, and was a great board up to 4-5' North Shore. The Boomerang fin, aka the Harold Ige/Bobby Owens fin, was a 100% improvement over the slabs guys were glassing on the tail of their boards at that time.
That Boomerang era lasted for about 4+ years, and I enjoyed Booby Owens, Mark Foo, Darrick Doerner, Richard Schmidt and others racing around on these racy boards at Sunset Beach and Waimea! Many thanks, you guys! Especially to Harold Ige who has just recently passed away. What a great shaping mentor and 100% honest person...he is sadly missed!"