When I was young I had a fever to see good surfing done by all the greats I had read about in Magazines, I knew the names and faces and I was desperate to see what they could do in real life in the type of surf I had to put up with.
Enter the Coke surfabout which was the premier contest of the day and was generally held on the northern beaches of Sydney, the year was 77 and Iconvinced my mother that it would be a great day if she took me over to Narrabeen for the day and see obliged,
Now in those days the move that was considered close to impossible to perform was the 360 and there was big money on offer if you did one in the contest and to my knowledge it was never won by anyone. Unfortunately the contest was plagued by very small waves but i was just stoked to see the heros of the day make the most of the conditions.
Now off to the side of the contest area were a few hot riders practicing and one of them was Hawaii’s Lynne Boyer who was the hot up and comer and giving the perrenial Margo Oberg a run for her money. I recognized her style and it was interesting to watch her low centre of gravity style which was the choice among the Hawaiian surfers who rode small town surf and were influenced by Bertleman and Apia and rode stingers with single fins placed forward in the box.
Anyway there she is putting on a progressive display and then bang just like that she does a 360 now i had never seen a 360 done before and I sure as hell wasn’t expecting to see the first one done by a lady. But there it is and that’s how it happened. Lynne did the move and I was dumbfounded, so that’s it keep your eyes open and you can see some amazing thing happen, Lynne rips.
I just saw this picture in an old magazine and it triggered a memory in me, I thought i would jot it down before it went away.