In about 98 or 99 I had a short stint where longboards were a major interest of mine. Up until that time I had just been riding old singles of various shapes and sizes from about 1970-1978 period.
As I have such a passion for old boards I was looking for an old longboard from the mid-60's, mainly around 64 or 65.
Somehow it filtered through my extended family and I discovered that my uncle, in the suburbs of Sydney, used to surf and still had his old board under the house. I didn't even know he had surfed!
Anyway, i made a trip to Sydney to visit my Nan and to head around and see Uncle John, who had said I could have the board providing I didn't sell it or get rid of it apart from returning it to him.
When I arrived he was waiting out the front with the board. It wasn't at all what i was expecting. I had been thinking of a mid-60's longboard and what i found myself collecting that day was a classic late 60's Dale Pintail 7'10" transitional board complete with the original Safeset fin. Of course I didn't know all the details of this find right then, but having known of the green Gordon Woods (see first post) and that this was a similar period, I was stoked. To top it off, my brother Trent and I had been watching "The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun" a lot around that time. I couldn't wait to ride it.
The Dale quickly became a favourite of ours and I still talk to Uncle John about it whenever we see each other. It rides like a dream and is still to this day one of my all time favourites.
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