Simon Anderson Recreates 1981 Winning Bells Board

16 Apr 2017 9

COASTALWATCH | ORIGINAL CONTENT

Video by Matt Johnston
Featuring Simon Anderson & Cooper Chapman 
With additional footage from Alan Rich archives & Tim Bonython 

In 1981 Simon Anderson paddled out at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach with a board that changed the path of surfboard design. He rang the bell that year as the winner of the event. 

Cooper Chapman is a Qualifying Series surfer from the infamous North Narrabeen beach in Sydney. He has been working with and riding Simon Anderson's shapes for six years and had never surfed Bells Beach. 

Over the last fortnight, Simon shaped a replica of this 1981 winning board for Cooper and the pair made their way down to Bells Beach in the lead up to the 2017 Rip Curl Pro. On the first day of the waiting period, the swell was rolling into Bells and Winkipop, it was the perfect opportunity for Cooper to test out the board and experience the difference in design to the modern high-performance boards he's been riding his whole life. 

Read Simon's complete story in THRUST available through the Coastalwatch Store.

VIDEO BELOW, The Final Scene Outtake 


Simon gets started on replicating the 1981 board

Simon gets started on replicating the 1981 board

Simon photographs the original for his records

Simon photographs the original for his records

Cooper and Simon check out the original board

Cooper and Simon check out the original board

Simon measures the exact dimensions of the original board

Simon measures the exact dimensions of the original board

Cooper & Simon arrive at Bells Beach on Wednesday 12th April 2017

Cooper & Simon arrive at Bells Beach on Wednesday 12th April 2017

Carpark comparisons between the original and the replica

Carpark comparisons between the original and the replica

Cooper's first wave at Winkipop, Photo by Brendan Boxall

Cooper's first wave at Winkipop, Photo by Brendan Boxall

Making the board move, Photo by Brendan Boxall

Making the board move, Photo by Brendan Boxall

Simon's paddles out at Winki with Cooper

Simon's paddles out at Winki with Cooper

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