Story: Lifesaving and surfing

Nigel Dwyer with a Del surfboard

Nigel Dwyer with a Del surfboard

In the early 1960s local surfboard makers began to produce boards for the New Zealand market. One company was Del Surfboards of New Plymouth, which is still operating. It was established by Nigel Dwyer, an Australian lured to New Zealand by the promise of good surf and cheap ice cream. The Del is regarded as a classic, and early models are still sought-after.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Lifesaving and surfing - Surfing in the sixties', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006