It was on the sand under this Pier, in the late 1940s, that a guy called Dale ‘the hawk’ Velzy started shaving glued-up lengths of balsa into surfboards, adding a fin, and covering them with fibreglass, that resulted in the world’s first dedicated surfboard making business. A few years later he opened the worlds first surf shop across the road and is even credited with inventing the logo t-shirt.

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