Simon Anderson Recreates 1981 Winning Bells Board

16 Apr 2017 10 Share

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

Tags: video , topnews (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
More From Feature Film
The Real Mikey Wright: Just Nothing To Lose

The Real Mikey Wright: Just Nothing To Lose

On the eve of the Pro

4 12 Mar 2017
FEATURE FILM: The Biggest East Coast Swell Of A Generation

FEATURE FILM: The Biggest East Coast Swell Of A Generation

The waves, the people and the stories Once'A Swell

4 15 Jul 2016
Recent

Laurie Towner Stars in "Simple Things", A Beautiful New Surf Edit

13 minutes of pure Aussie surf joy

1 12 Nov 2019
The Five Big Moments in Billabong Pipe Masters History – The Greatest Surfing Event We Have

The Five Big Moments in Billabong Pipe Masters History – The Greatest Surfing Event We Have

9 Nov 2019
Keramas Out, G-Land In: The WSL Has Announced the 2020 CT Schedule

Keramas Out, G-Land In: The WSL Has Announced the 2020 CT Schedule

1 7 Nov 2019
Nick Carroll: A Big Wave Tour – Without the WSL?

Nick Carroll: A Big Wave Tour – Without the WSL?

7 5 Nov 2019
Epic Unseen Highlights From the Live Snapper Super Sessions Earlier in the Year

Epic Unseen Highlights From the Live Snapper Super Sessions Earlier in the Year

2 2 Nov 2019
Popular This Week

The G-Land Reaction, the Surfer Poll Has Completely Changed, and Slater's Honest Tokyo Games Comments

This Week In Surfing: Ten Things from Surfing & the Internet on the Week That Was November 8, 2019

Weekend Surf Forecast 8 - 10 November, 2019

A strongly negative SAM suits some states better than others.

Keramas Out, G-Land In: The WSL Has Announced the 2020 CT Schedule

The Dream Tour is heading back to an iconic location

Go to Top