Surf legends feature in new book

 Moncks Spur resident Denis Quane, 77, and Redcliffs resident Tony Johnson, 90, were both...
Moncks Spur resident Denis Quane, 77, and Redcliffs resident Tony Johnson, 90, were both surfboard makers in the 1950s, 1960s and onwards.
A new surfing book features Sumner surfers from the 1940s until now.

‘NZ SURF: The Collection Volume II’ by photographer, writer and surf historian Warren Hawke is a celebration of New Zealand surfing.

With more than 400 photos and written content of 60,000 words, it follows up from Hawke’s highly successful volume one which was published in 2017 and has since sold out.

The book is a smorgasbord of photographic and written material interwoven with surfing history, surfer profiles, environmental articles and their impact on the surfing community and a selection of surfing highlights.

Ninety-year-old Tony Johnson of Redcliffs has a special place near the beginning of the coffee table style book.

Mr Johnson, with good friend Neil Truscott, built around 100 hollow plywood surfboards in the 1950s and early 1960s.

These were manufactured under the ‘Dolphin’ label and are an integral and important part of New Zealand surfing history.

Denis Quane of Moncks Spur, a pioneer builder of fibreglass surfboards from the 1960s, also has a special place.

It includes an outline of his factory history in Sumner and Redcliffs through until he and his wife Chris opened their first Surf Dive’N Ski shop in the city in 1969.

Denis is still shaping surfboards at 77 years old.

His boards are now treasured collector’s items amongst the surfing community.

Surfing at Scarborough Beach is central to the ‘Logburner Chapter,’ with photos and information about modern longboarding.

Photographic and reflective essays intertwined with poetry celebrate the rich culture that the regeneration of longboard, logging and the retro style shortboard bring to wave riding.

The ‘Coming Through’ chapter contains a feature for teenagers based on skills for surfing and skills for growing through the teenage years.

The author has drawn upon more than 50 years of surfing experience and involvement in researching and assembling this volume.

His connection includes surfing successfully at a competitive level, organisation and management of major surfing competitions and festivals and the position of chief judge at the New Zealand Surfing Championships.

Over the past 40 years, Mr Hawke has been a freelance writer and photographer for surfing magazines around the world.

He has also included material from other surf photographers and writers to extend the content and coverage of New Zealand surf and surfers.

The design and layout of the book by graphic artist Josh O’Rouke has been a balancing act between content and space.

His flair and ability has ensured the book presents itself as a volume jam-packed with surfing culture.

The book is published by Auckland based beach and surf publisher Photo CPL and is available from most book shops and a number of surf shops.

 

 

 

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