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Not enough is known about this particular manoeuvre and you know why .. ? It’s the sluggoes. This we know because we have read the psychology. It’s a self-administered test that you can do right now if you look at the pic again.

You go straight to the sluggoes don’t you, like a fashion queen at a frock show. Then you dunk the whole shot.

This is not the sign of a deep thinker.

This fellow is Bob Cooper, Captain Strangeman of 1960. That’s when he came out here with Big Wednesday. Bob C is doing a simple nose-ride on a clean little wave and the only two things that distinguish him from a bloke looking at shoes through a shop window are the slight forward adjustment of his left hand – for a little more weight distribution up front – and the compressed water squirt from underneath his board.

What he’s got here is an accelerated stall. He’s hit the sacred spot that is the equilibrium of wave speed and board speed, matched them.

Plenty of time now to look around, feel the breeze.

– where’s the problem?

now for the babes …

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. davo's liver #

    “equilibrium of wave speed and board speed”

    Well put. There are lots of feelings in surfing but nothing quite like that match.

    June 26, 2012
  2. Stu #

    Had a beer with a bloke at Avalon RSL one time. Long drive, needed a libation. The fella who’s company I was keeping had extremely questionable fashion sense. May have been a Nobel laureate with the wisdom of Solomon and the wit of Wilde but I just couldn’t get past the sockless boat shoes matched with marble wash shorts. And the hair! Nary seen a comb since Gough was top gong.

    Beat a hasty retreat from that frocking sideshow. One must admit when a problem is insurmountable.

    June 26, 2012
    • sounds like Evers ..

      June 26, 2012
      • Stu #

        Ha ha…

        Ol’ Coops was a man of disparate styles and dispositions, wasn’t he? Nose ride aside, I can’t equate those wide-side sluggoes with the man wearing the kicking duds in the other pic. Or the prudish Coops who wouldn’t kiss a girl ’cause he was a follower of Him with the iconic Coops, the paragon of ’60’s cool.

        June 26, 2012
        • Bullshit on that .. Andy Cochran held that cup for Bondi then he lost it.

          June 26, 2012
  3. sjh #

    If you can trim like that you do

    June 26, 2012
  4. Mr Wolf #

    I always thought Cooper was a bit of a dag actually

    June 26, 2012
  5. sjh #

    Dam your breath you blasted worm ridden son of caspian yard dog you are right sir but what a snappy cut of a dag that man eh what haharr i say hahaharrr what a snappy dag , dam and blast you hear possibly a snag

    June 26, 2012
  6. sjh #

    had a surf with rob connelly the other day he remembers BC with a laugh and a shake of the head a real stylist was his comment

    July 18, 2012
  7. sjh #

    W’hat other than pissed

    July 21, 2012

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