Wind Moon Tide
During the epic World Tour event at Bells in 81 a massive swell hit the Torquay Surf Coast. Making the 81 Bells event one of the most memorable in history, because of the waves, and of course, the turning point of Simon winning the event on one of the first Thrusters.
Before Simon made the final and eventually winning, he had to start his charge against Bobby Owens surfing Nick Carroll’s board shaped by Terry Fitzgerald. Bobby was under gunned at the event like most of the surfers there at the time, so Nicks board was his alternative, handed to him by Terry himself. The heat went down and is regarded as one of the best heats surfed by Bobby and Simon, and, the first man on man heat the world tour judges had to judge – Single Fin V Thruster .
Bobby was never going to beat Simon on that day , Simon was on Fire. But Bobby did go on to win the Trials and was regarded as one of the best surfers at the event, powering on Nicks 6’5 Pin Tail.
Today the 6’5″ pin tail has resurfaced, and, under the arm of Kye Fitzgerald, Terry’s eldest son, rode another massive Bells Beach Swell