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All original 10’6 Mike Diffenderfer Waimea Gun made in 1991. One of a kind never ridden Mike Diffenderfer Waimea Gun. Hand shaped by Mike in September of 1991 from a 12’2″ Clark foam brewer blank. Spruce wood triple stringer. Glassed by the legendary Jack Reeves with special S glass and finished with a magenta tint.
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Mike Diffenderfer, who was born in Santa Monica, Calif., and raised in La Jolla, was one of the early North Shore pioneers. He learned to surf when he was 12 and moved to Hawai’i soon after graduating from high school in 1956 so he could surf full time.
Mike named the Banzai Pipeline after watching the first surfer dare to catch one of its hollow waves. The wave at Pipeline, which races across a wicked section of sharp coral reef, has become the surfing world’s most photographed wave.
“Everything about his boards was all flowing and curves, and he did it just the right way so the board was maneuverable and fast,” said Gary Hanson, who has owned boards made by Diffenderfer for the past 40 years. “I would refer to him as a Michelangelo of shapers.”
Read the full article @ Matt Warshaw’s Encyclopedia of Surfing… http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2002/May/23/ln/ln60a.html