scuba steve wrote:I dont mean to say I dont like longboarding, I think its great fun, but surely shortboarding takes more skill?
I might be wrong here by the way, it's just my opinion.
Hahaha, you just opened up a whole can of worms I'm not stepping in.
It went away because you could take on more waves with the shorter single fins that came out in the 70s. Then they started the tri fin, and then made them smaller, etc. The entire point was to make more waves more surfable.
But then someone realized, remember those old logs we surfed? Remember how fun they were? And remember how we could do those sweet hang glides?
Then someone busted it out, and everyone was like "sweet!"
That's how I perceived it. All of the movements in surfing were to conquer more waves, but they moved to the point where they weren't working, and then went retrospective (hence "retro") and busted out the fishes, longboards, eggs, etc.