Show And Tell: Ryan Hardy

The rare TQD Toobs Hardy – Yours today for only $100,000! Guarantee’d to land you every spin in the pit. Photo: Good Earth Surf Shop.

The rare TQD Toobs Hardy – Yours today for only $100,000! Guarantee’d to land you every spin in the pit. Photo: Good Earth Surf Shop.

MM: What have you brought for Show & Tell today Ryan?
RH:This is my Toobs Ryan Hardy, shaped by Todd Quigley.

Tell us a bit about it?
Shaped by Quigley in March, 2000, It measures 41 7/8 in length and features an Asahi PE core, (the standard PE at the time) and 1 stringer. Although PP cores had been around for a couple of years at the time, to me the Asahi PE had way better flex for scooping into heavy barrels and getting good drive off the bottom of really demanding, down the line and sucky waves, even in warm water. 

What makes this board sentimental to you?
I won the 2000 Tahiti skins invitational on this board!

Sweet youthful victory featuring a fresh-faced Ryan hardy.

Sweet youthful victory featuring a fresh-faced Ryan hardy.

Where does that win sit with your competition wins of all time? 
It’s by far my most memorable and groundbreaking win as far as making it onto the world stage and competing against my idols at the time in big surf and monumental competition. 

Better than your historic 20k Shark Island win? 
Yes it had greater weight to me than my shark island win, although that was awesome too!  Each win has it’s own sweetness and story of triumph to it and each win has it’s own feel good memory to reflect on all the moments that contributed to an extremely high stoke moment and feeling of reward and achievement.

I’ve gotta ask, Were you thinking about trying a spin in the pit that whole event or did it just come to you on that wave in the final?
The spin in the pit just came to me on that wave. High amp, high energy and high adrenalin made for very fast and fearless thinking with a deep running drive to do whatever it took to win.  A spin in the pit was probably my major move I’d been practicing at home the six months prior to the event.

The cherry on top - Hardy scored the cover of the October issue of Bodyboarding Mag!

The cherry on top - Hardy scored the cover of the October issue of Bodyboarding Mag!

Were there other memorable session(s) you had on this board before or after the Skins event?
I had an early morning session at the box. It was 6-8ft and I remember surfing by myself at dawn on a freezing cold morning. I think I was just so amped up at that time at that age, riding on that board, knowing the Skins event was coming up and knowing I would be filming for Hardlyfe later that day. I also had the Shark Island Challenge on that board not long after Tahiti where Kingy and I got equal 2nd to Mike in pumping waves, that was pretty special and the board felt sick in the conditions.

How much money would it take for you to part ways with this board to a collector?
I think the dollar value would have to be in the hundreds of thousands before my wife would say, “Hey! We need to take this money!” (Laughs). For me I’d like to keep it in the family forever as a memento of my life’s journey. I’ve donated the board to the good crew at Good Earth Surf Shop in Bunbury, WA.

Thanks for sharing Hardy!