GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

posted by / News / February 24, 2004

February’s been a tough month for the surf world. Here are three tributes to the few legends who’ve left us way too soon.Keith Paull (1946-2004)Keith Paull was a key member of the most influential movement in surfing’s history – the Shortboard Revolution. Paull, along with Nat Young, Bob Mc Tavish and Wayne Lynch, helped lead the sport into the modern era. Paull was a progenitor of the “power crouch” style and was described by Wayne “{{{Rabbit}}}” Bartholomew in The Encyclopedia of Surfing as having “the most beautiful style in surfing.”Paull won the 1968 Australian Titles despite only having one year of contest experience. He became a well-known and respected shaper on the Gold Coast of Australia in the 1970′s, but like fellow Gold Coast legend, Michael Peterson, Paull fell victim to the ravages of schizophrenia. He continued to live in Queensland until his death early this year.Robert “Redman” Manville (1952-2004)Robert “Redman” Manville was an East Coast shaping legend who hand crafted an estimated 40,000 surfboards. He worked as a production shaper for over forty manufacturers including Weber, Hatteras Glass, WRV. Stewart and Jacobs. According to former ASP standout Wes Laine, Redman was “well respected but was always super humble and quiet.” Redman’s dedication to his craft was of mythical proportion. According to WRV factory manager Pat Herrle, “that guy lived for shaping – outside the shaping room he got weird and shaky – when he was in his element he was king daddy.” Redman’s car license plate read “Shaper” and he kept shaping long after he was diagnosed with terminal illness. Last year he was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead, but was revived. Soon after he was up and back in the shaping room. “Shaping was his life and he always stayed dedicated to what he loved,” says Laine.A paddle out ceremony in Redman’s honor was held on February 6 at the Kitty Hawk Pier. The surf that day, according to Laine, was firing. Jim Fuller (1947-2004)Southern Californian Jim Fuller was also a legendary production shaper. He worked for a ton of companies such as Aloha, Gordie and South Shore, but is perhaps best known as the mentor for Matt “Mayhem” Biolos of . ..Lost. Biolos started out as the clean up boy in Fuller’s shaping room and Fuller taught him everything he knew about making surfboards. “Unlike most shapers, he had no problem giving the younger guys tips and showing them stuff,” says {{{Jimmy}}} Nudo, owner of the San Clemente Surf Company. “He was a big guy, with a big voice – a wild partier, but he had no ego and he treated everyone the same,” says Nudo. Nudo also marveled at Fuller’s prolific output. “He could shape anything,” says Nudo. “Longboards, shortboards, kneeboards, he did it all.”Another well known San Clemente shaper, Timmy Patterson, remembers Fuller as a “rough looking, funny guy.” Nudo adds that Fuller had the reputation of being a fine surfer, waterman and a dependable friend to his buddies. “He was the kind of guy who would come down in the middle of the night to bail you out of jail,” says Nudo.Fuller succumbed to complications from diabetes in early February. A paddle out memorial was held last Saturday at Huntington Pier. As a fitting tribute, Fuller’s friends spread his ashes along with foam dust from his shaping room. – Jamie Tierney

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  • Richard Turner

    Not sure how well known this is but my father who is a Jbay pioneer form back in the day claims that Keith Paull was the first person to surf Super tubes. There is a story that he and someone called the animal jumped off a oil drilling ship off the break one day ona monsterous swell and tore into it.

    Does anyone here knwo if there are any articles to verify this? I am very innterested.

    Regards

    Richard Turner

  • Trevor Sanders

    I just scored a approx. 9’0″ single fin Jim fuller classic. I knew when I first saw this board I see alot of majic to it! I havent surfed it but I know it will hold up against some big waves. I live on the central coast, slo county and looking forward to ripping some waves up with this jem. anyone with questions you can e-mail me at trevorsanders14@gmail.com. peace!

  • matt maness

    I have a dewey weber trifin 8 foot shaped by redman from the early seventies.Any other dewey webers out there shaped by redman?thanks matt

  • John

    @Richard Turner, Nat Young was called ‘the Animal’. Also Paul Witzig made a surf film called ‘Animals’ which featured Nat et al… ??

  • robin(buff)edghill

    My daughter rides a 7-2 WRV board shaped by Robert redman Manville.She loves it and says its a magic board.We will treasure it knowing its background.