Greg Noll Cameraman balsa wood gun

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Greg Noll shaped 9’7 balsa gun featuring rare ‘Cameraman’ “surfboards and film productions” logo, triple stringer design, and mahogany wood fin. Signed “Shaped by Greg Noll”. All original condition. 

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History of Greg Noll

Greg Noll: “Da Bull”

Greg “Da Bull” Noll was born in San Diego, California on February 11th,‭ ‬1937.‭ ‬He was given “Da Bull” as a nickname due to his steadfast and obstinate approach towards charging big waves.‭ ‬Noll was‭ ‬11‭ ‬years old when he first started surfing and from a young age was taught how to shape surfboards by none other than Dale Velzy. Noll eventually became a skilled shaper himself while continuously polishing his surfing skills.‭ ‬His remarkable abilities as a waterman earned him a spot with the LA county lifeguard. He especially excelled at ‭paddling, a skill that led him to being selected for the U.S. Lifeguard team which competed in the ‬1956‭ ‬Olympics, held in Melbourne,‭ ‬Australia.‭

In‭ ‬1957,‭ ‬Noll made big wave surfing history as the first person ever to ever ride a wave at Waimea Bay, now an iconic big wave riding break on the North Shore of Oahu. In December of‭ ‬1964,‭ ‬Greg Noll made history again riding a giant wave at third reef Pipeline.‭ ‬Noll was known for surfing in a pair of black and white striped boardshorts, his way of preventing others from taking credit for his rides.‭

Noll returned to California with well established notoriety. He then started a thriving surfboard manufacturing business in Hermosa Beach, California and partnered with iconic surfer, Miki Dora to produce the Miki Dora “Da Cat” model longboard. Sales took off immediately and reached a peak production of around 170 boards a week.‭ ‬Noll also produced surf films such as the‭ “‬Search for Surf‭”‬ series featuring waves ridden in Hawaii, California, and Mexico.

Greg‭ ended his big wave riding career on a storm swell that hit Makaha in ‬December of‭ ‬1969, catching as big of a waves as one could paddle into. Fred Hemmings,‭ ‬a fellow big wave rider who was a witness to his ride at Makaha was quoted‭ ‬saying “If there was anyone else in Greg‭’‬s place, he wouldn’t‭ have made it alive”. Decades later, one of ‭Noll’s personal big wave balsa guns sold at auction for $40,000.‬ His autobiography, published in 1989 was titled‭ “‬Da Bull:‭ ‬Life Over the Edge‭”. Greg “Da Bull” Noll is one of the most recognized names in surfing history and will forever be remembered as a big wave riding pioneer and expert surfboard craftsman.

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