Larkin, Joe

Pioneering Australian surfboard manufacturer and archetypal hard-drinking "surfie" of the 1950s and '60s. Larkin began surfing in 1943 at age nine at Sydney's Freshwater Beach, and starting building hollow plywood boards at at age 15. By the late '50s, Larkin, Barry Bennett, Bill Wallace, and Gordon Woods had each founded their own surfboard label, and collectively established the Australian boardmaking industry.

Larkin was also one of the first Aussie surf moviemakers, despite a opening stu...