For a long time surfboard design and development was linear, there were two main themes, shorter and lighter. This meant you had to be increasingly fit to ride the equipment. People started to look at old designs and new materials to help keep the thrill alive as surfers aged. Retro surfboards became popular. Some traditional surfboard builders found their skills again in demand as vintage surfboards were reproduced.Bill Wallace was one of the leading names in Australia as surfing boomed in the late 50s and early 60s. He was part of a core group in Sydney's Brookvale seen as the genesis of the surf industry in Australia. Around the turn of the century many older surfboard manufacturers started producing replicas of their original designs and found a receptive audience. This is a 50s Okanuie a modern reproduction of a vintage timber surfboard, hand built by Bill Wallace.