Surfing’s 7 Worst Inventions

Bright ideas that made surfing go backwards not forwards

Gath Helmet Visor

You can’t argue with helmets, ever since Tom Carroll won Pipe with a fiberglass hat on his head. They protect your skull and your ears, both of which are important. And the Gath helmets were the best of their kind. However in a classic case of taking a good idea, and shitting all over it, the visor was one step too far. It made people look like a cross between a cyborg and a motorcycle cop, while also limiting vision and hearing. Liam McNamara may disagree (he perfected the flip visor mid Pipe bottom turn) but for everyone else, it was a flashing sign that glowed “Kook”.

Visors, great for medieval jousting, not so good for surfing.


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