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1975/76 Red Hot Sticks

In the mid-late 60s Ian Cairns surfed the Cottesloe area & Down South with his mate Arty Sherburn. He soon established a reputation at the State & National level for surfing big waves in the SW. In the ‘70s he became a pro surfer and earned a world-wide reputation for big wave riding on Hawaii’s North Shore.

For a full profile on Ian click on http://encyclopediaofsurfing.com/entries/cairns-ian

In 1975/76 Ian designed & rode Red Hot Stick surfboards in WA. The boards were sold from a Red Hot Sticks surf shop in Bicton. This short term venture was a stepping stone along the road to success.

Photos: 1976 Ian providing customer service at the Red Hot Sticks surf shop. Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.

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Photos: 1975-76 Red Hot Stick designs.

Top: (Left) 1976 Red Hot Stick ‘Loose Goose’ design by Ian Cairns for Loz Smith. Photo credit Loz Smith.
Other 3 images: 1975 Red Hot Sticks 6’11” x 21” single fin pintail shaped by Ian Cairns for Barry Day. Photos courtesy of Barry Day.

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Photos: 1976 Adrian Wilson surfing Margaret River Mainbreak on a 6’8″ Red Hot Stick surfboard. Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.

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Photos: 1975 Ian surfing North Point on a Red Hot Stick surfboard. Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.

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Photos: 1976 (Left) Ian surfing Margaret River Main Break on a Red Hot Stick surfboard in WA Spring Surfing Titles. (Right) Ian free surfing North Point on a Red Hot Stick surfboard.. Photo courtesy of Ric Chan.

1976 Ian Cairns MR Spring Title & North Point Red Hot Sticks collage_photocat

Photos: 1976 (Left) Ian surfing Injidup Car Park on a Red Hot Stick surfboard in WA Spring Surfing Titles. (Right) Ian’s sponsored vehicle in car park. Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.

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