Mark Richards 1980 Retro Twin Fin Review

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What the Mark Richards site says about the 1980 Retro Twin Fin:

‘This is my most popular Retro model and is a faithful recreation of one of my favourite twin fins which was a ‘magic’ contest board, and was 6’2″ by 20 ¼” by 2 ¾”.

I shaped the original board early in 1980.


  • the original outline template with a lot of forward area, making it a dream to paddle;
  • the classic wing-swallow tail shape which reduces the tail area to give the board holding power through turns;
  • a fluted wing which adds bite and alleviates slide when turning;
  • a deep-V bottom which gets the board flowing from rail to rail.


It is fast, loose, and a ‘blast from the past’. The feedback on this model is 100% positive with everyone remarking how well it goes today for a 30-year-old design.

Set fins are standard, but we offer the custom order option of FCS Fibreglass Twin Fins and the size range is from 5’8″ up to 6’8″.’

Image Source: Mark Richards Blog

What people are saying about it:

“This board is so buttery. It has foam through the entire board so it feels really balanced and it glides when you paddle. When you get up on a wave there is a quick jolt of initial speed and then that glide comes back into play. Put it on rail and guess want it arcs out a fully connected carve. When you push really hard the tail does not want to sink and pivot but carve and accelerate. You have to be way back on the tail if you want the 1980s Retro to pivot around.

I surfed this board on a few waist to chest high days. When it was weak, it caught waves easily and when it had more power, the board gripped and raced down the line. Really fun board that makes you want to surf it more. It draws all these classic lines but also has the performance and feel of a modern board.” – Matt Nuzzo on REAL Watersports

“I have a 1978 retro twin on my living room wall… a birthday present from my family. Mark’s twin fins are iconic and the resurgence of interest well deserved. He is a clever, talented and intelligent surfer and shaper who won four world titles on his own equipment. Hearing him speak of the ideas behind this 1980 retro model demonstrates his insight in hydrodynamic surfboard design tailored to those of us who are recreational surfers usually surfing small junky beach breaks. I wouldn’t mind having another one of his twin fins for bigger surf… next birthday perhaps.” – Stephen Vanderhorst on YouTube

“This model has been by far the most popular of my Retro Reproductions.We have made tons of them, and my customers have ranged from Pros to everyday fun surfers all over the world. Of all my models this is the one that I have had the most ‘stoked’ customer feedback form – everyone loves it!!!” – Mark Richards

Size Range:
Available from 5’8″ up to 6’8″

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