Josh Martin breaks down his father Terry Martin's classic Hot Curl design
My dad began surfing by riding finless planks, but he found them impossible to surf and figured he could make his own board that would perform better. The first board he ever made was the Hot Curl, modeled after a finless design he’d seen called a “Hawaiian Board”. He surfed a spot in Point Loma called Terry’s Slide, which is known as Osprey Street now. It was not much of a surf spot at the time because there was a lot of kelp in the lineup at low tide, but with his finless Hot Curl, he could just glide over the kelp. They were originally made from solid wood, but he and I did build a polyurethane foam version a few years back.
Catching up with the 1970s shaping legend
Tom Parrish is an elusive man. He first made his mark on surfing by building boards for the world’s best during a revolutionary period in Hawaiian surf history, but few know much about the man behind the crafts.
The Hawaiian master shaper discusses the evolution of his craft
When Michael Ho started riding my boards, without a doubt he honed my skills and helped me develop designs more than any other surfer to this day. He was probably the most difficult person to build a board for. It’s not a negative thing, but he is really picky and demanding. There were a lot of times where I built boards for him and he said the board was good, but he couldn’t win on it. He was always looking for that magic board.