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#2175742 - 03/13/14 01:31 AM RIP Matt Kivlin.
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A huge loss.
RIP Matt Kivlin!!!
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#2175743 - 03/13/14 01:32 AM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: Bonzer5Fin]
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From the Encyclopedia of Surfing:



Elegant regularfoot surfer and boardmaker from Santa Monica, California; often cited as California's best wave-rider in the late 1940s and early '50s; creator of the slouched, knees-together, neatly synchronized "Malibu" surfing style. "He invented what I call performance cruising," next-generation Malibu ace Kemp Aaberg said. "He was gentlemanly, and rode that way, without a lot of yahoo around it."

Kivlin was born (1929) in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in Santa Monica. He began surfing in 1943, when lifeguard and four-time Pacific Coast Surf Riding Championships winner Pete Peterson took the 14-year-old with him on a day trip to Palos Verdes Cove. Two years later, Kivlin and future big-wave rider Buzzy Trent began hitching rides to Malibu; they would sometimes get a lift with the Kohner family, whose youngest daughter Kathy would later show up at Malibu, where she was nicknamed "Gidget."

Kivlin visited Hawaii for the first time in 1947, and was impressed by the agile close-to-the-curl riding style of Waikiki surfer Rabbit Kekai. Back at Malibu, Kivlin, along with surfer/boardbuilder Joe Quigg, started designing and riding modified versions of Kekai's boardnarrower, thinner, and lighter than what the Malibu surfers had been ridingand began to emulate Kekai's turns and footwork. By the end of the decade, the 6'3" Kivlin had developed his own method, active but smooth, which would be directly copied by the next generation of Malibu locals, including surf style icon Mickey Dora.

As a boardmaker, Kivlin is best remembered as a co-creator, in the late '40s, of the "girl boards"pared-down all-balsa equipment made for a handful of high school girls who were taking to the water at Malibu, which were then appropriated by the guys because they were so much easier to turn than their own boards. The girl boards were the forerunner of the "Malibu chip" design. Kivlin and Quigg also developed the first narrow-based raked-back surfboard fin, a design idea that inexplicably went ignored until the mid-'60s.

Kivlin had a brief board-building partnership with eccentric California surfer/designer Bob Simmons in the late '40s, and just as briefly had a board-laminating shop with Quigg. While Simmons and Quigg have received most of the credit for design breakthroughs in the late '40s and early '50s, Kivlin had the highest production rate. "When you're talking about Malibu boards of that time," Dave Rochlen, a Kivlin contemporary, said in 1998, "you're probably talking about Matt's boards." The handsome dark-haired Kivlin was also Malibu's social leader, driving carloads of people to beachfront luaus at which he cooked, poured drinks, and played recoreds.

Kivlin quit surfing in 1962, and in 1971 opened Matt Kivlin AIA, a successful Santa Monicabased architecture firm. He never entered a surfing contest, went virtually unnoticed by the early surf media, and remains a largely forgotten name in surfing. "But if you had to name the most important people of [mid- 20th-century surfing] on five fingers," Joe Quigg said in 1998, "Kivlin would be in there."
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#2175750 - 03/13/14 01:46 AM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: Bonzer5Fin]
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Originally Posted By: Bonzer5Fin
A huge loss.
RIP Matt Kivlin!!!


heard the rumor- this is confirmed then? Sad news

Passed away from pneumonia last Sunday ~ RIP


Edited by 23rdstMB (03/13/14 01:51 AM)

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#2175758 - 03/13/14 02:47 AM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: Bonzer5Fin]
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I consider my Kivlin the most prized possession in my collection, honored to have it.


Edited by 23rdstMB (03/13/14 02:48 AM)

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#2175831 - 03/13/14 11:07 AM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: Bonzer5Fin]
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RIP
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#2176080 - 03/13/14 08:29 PM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: Bonzer5Fin]
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So sad. Many of the pioneers are "at that age".

I just Googled "Matt Kivlin AIA". He did some (IMO) pleasing work.
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#2176084 - 03/13/14 08:53 PM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: 23rdstMB]
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Originally Posted By: 23rdstMB

I consider my Kivlin the most prized possession in my collection, honored to have it.


Is it the board on the right?

RIP Matt Kivlin
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#2176087 - 03/13/14 09:16 PM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: Bonzer5Fin]
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Born the same year as my dad. How different was southern California when they came up. Wow.
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#2176094 - 03/13/14 09:30 PM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: ElOgro]
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Yeah, I really wish I would have been born 50 years earlier
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#2176098 - 03/13/14 09:39 PM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: ifallalot]
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Yeah pretty much any book on surfboards and their progression, Matt's name is mentioned numerous times.
Bummer.
It is the innovators like Matt that got us to where surfboards are now.
Much respect.

RIP my fellow board builder friend.
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#2176122 - 03/13/14 10:35 PM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: bsnyder]
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I really respect that he quit surfing and went on to be a productive member of society.

I want to know how to do that.

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#2176175 - 03/14/14 12:53 AM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: bloomies]
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yep, thats the one.



Edited by 23rdstMB (03/14/14 12:54 AM)

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#2176183 - 03/14/14 01:14 AM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: 23rdstMB]
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Originally Posted By: 23rdstMB
yep, thats the one.



did you ride it at any point in time? Nice style. bowdown
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#2176296 - 03/14/14 10:55 AM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: Bonzer5Fin]
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RIP He was a pioneer

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#2176379 - 03/14/14 01:40 PM Re: RIP Matt Kivlin. [Re: Bonzer5Fin]
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