Martin Potter

Posted on May 24th, 2010 by Mark in Blog, Bugg's Boards, Collections, Sets by Shaper, Vintage Boards. Comments Off on Martin Potter

Martin Potter

Martin Potter (born October 28, 1965), nicknamed “Pottz” and “Eggy Potter”, is a British born, former surfing professional who was educated in Durban, South Africa. He began surfing off the beaches of his hometown Durban at age 10. By the age of 15, he was surfing 20″+ waves at the infamous “Banzai Pipeline” located on Hawaiis North Shore. At the time, he was using the assistance of jet-ski to tow into the wave as an alternative to paddling. This pre-dated modern tow-in surfing and can help lay claim to Potter being one of ‘tow-in’ surfings pioneers. Potter won theAssociation of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour in 1989 after claiming 6 tour victories from 25 events scheduled for that years title race, and therefore the title of “World Surfing Champion,”. This would come fourteen years after learning to stand on a surfboard. ‘Pottz’ redefined competitive surfing through performing risky moves such as aerials (where a surfer is able to jump off a wave with their surfboard and land back down onto the water and continue) and 360’s (the surfer and surfboard rotate on a wave 360 degrees before continuing on), which were previously only performed in the domain of free surfing. He was also responsible for the invention of several surfing maneuvers such as the “rock-n-roll” (the same as performaed on a skateboard). From his success as a world champion, he led the call for a new form of competitive surfing; a judging format based on “risky surfing” – i.e. higher scoring being given to bigger and more critical manouvering – and which eventually became an accepted standard on what is now known as the World Championship Tour (WCT). In addition to living in South Africa, Potter once resided inAustralia on Sydney’s northern beaches, and now lives in southwestern France. [1]

KEY: O= Original, R= Repaired, RF= Refurbished. Condition of board rated: 1(worst)-10(best)



Board Dimensions
Length: 6′ 3″
Width: 17″ 3/8
Thickness: 2″

Potzz 80’s Surfboard   I  have been searching high and low on Potzz Vintage Surfboards.  This is the only decent one I have come across.  Acquired this from out of florida. All original and vibrant with the deck flames.   If you know of any Vintage Potzz out there, please drop me a line. (o) 8

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