Story: Lifesaving and surfing

Board with Tangaroa motif (2nd of 2)

Board with Tangaroa motif

Taranaki surfer Doug Hislop made the board on the left in 1975 for use in Hawaii’s big surf. Noted Māori artist John Bevan Ford designed the motif, which depicts Tangaroa, the god of the sea. When Hislop surfed at Hawaii, the design attracted attention because of its obvious Polynesian origins.

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Puke Ariki - Taranaki Museum & Library
Reference: TM.2003.131

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How to cite this page:

Nancy Swarbrick, 'Lifesaving and surfing - Surfing: 1970s to today', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/9268/board-with-tangaroa-motif (accessed 13 August 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006