Story: Lifesaving and surfing

Malibu boards arrive

Malibu boards arrive

New Zealand surfing changed radically when two young Americans, Bing Copeland (left) and Rick Stoner brought their American-made Malibu boards to New Zealand in 1958–59. These light, manoeuvrable boards were made of a shaped balsa core covered with a fibreglass mat. They were a vast improvement on the old-style solid or hollow wooden boards. Riders could surf across the face of a wave instead of simply following the breaker to the beach in a straight line. Soon Malibu boards were being manufactured locally, and many more people took up surfing.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Lifesaving and surfing - The rise of surfing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7370/malibu-boards-arrive (accessed 17 October 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006