How’s about ye?! Keep it a Secret was on RTE television last month and is still on the Player. It was great to hear the northern brethren getting the chance to speak up the other night on the box.
While I was figuring out the surf lifestyle in my younger years, I regarded Davy Govan as my guru. He made his own boards and wetsuits, he had a bright yellow Morris Minor van and the most gorgeous girlfriend on the coast, and he had all the alternative ideas, music and substances to go along with it.
His pal, Alan Duke, had an unlimited natural surfing ability, unfazed by his 5ft surfboard shaped from the polystyrene panel from the inside of his family’s discarded fridge door. At this time we all though that an 8ft surfboard was short. His was about 4 inches thick with the deck scooped out in the shape of his chest with a wide back on it which required two fins – this was many years before twin fins appeared in the general surfing world. Dukey is a great artist to this day so it was no surprise when we saw the magnificent collar job he did on his new prized procession. But a week later, as the epoxy resin reacted to the aerobaord, it was turning brown and it soon became pure black. This is why it became known as the “Magnificent Flying Wellington.”
It was moving to see that footage of big bro Brian which must have been filmed shortly before he death in 2018. And I was delighted to see wee bro Willy speaking on the telly at last.
– The Beardy Buck