Owl Chapman

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Owl Chapman is considered one of the fathers of the short board revolution. He pioneered board riding with early designs on Oahu by Dick Brewer, including the minigun. The school of surf that Chapman originates from is different from the Australian and South Africans who are best known for Bustin’ Down The Door. Their philosophy of western competitive traditions has been argued by other surf pioneers such as Gerry Lopez and Owl Chapman, as being respectful of the Hawaiian culture. Chapman, on the other hand, worked within the Hawaiian community, as a resident of the North Shore, to further the short board revolution.

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



Board Dimensions
Length: 7′ 0″
Width: 18″ 3/4
Thickness: 2″ 5/8

This is one of my favorite mini-gun 1970’s pintails in my collection.  Just look at the lines on this board. Very striking that screams out SPEED!  Classic multi-laid up fiberglass fin. Note the tail battle wound that indicates great speed which resulted in a heavy leash drag thru the rail. The Famous Owl Chapman Lam.  This board is all original and very light.  Only a repair on the tail and gloss and polish.   Nordine Collection purchase. (o) 8

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  • Paul l. akiu

    Early sat. morning Jan.1972,Larry Bertleman & I are walking to check out Makaha pt.,we see this guy carving out this huge bottom turn in the Makaha bowl,Larry says to me,who’s that ? it was Owl Chapman !

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