pods for primates*
|*The first edition
was presented online about 1998, originally
pods for primates: a catalogue of surfboards in australia since 1900.
The title was taken, borrowed, stolen, or in homage to, Bob McTavish's
seminal articles on the history of Australian surfboard design:
Pods for Primates : Part 1 and Pods for Primates : Part 2
Tracks, Number 31, Apri 1973 Tracks, Number 32, May 1973.
Left: Bob McTavish and Little Red, Honolua Bay, Maui, December 1967.
Photograph: John Witzig.
Surf International, Volume 1 Number 12, 1969.
The cover was kindly signed by Mr. McTavish at the launch
of his book, Stoked!, at Manly Beach, November 2010.
Subsequently, the website appeared under the URL
As its scope and content has somewhat exceeded the original parameters,
from June 2013 the page headers are being adjusted to the URL.
The URL was similarly derived from another prestigious source,
the company name of the Californian manufacturers of Waxmate, c1968.
the principals being Garth Powell, Mike Doyle, and Rusty Miller.
Left: Cool waxmate for surfboards by surf research, circa 1970.
Powell moved to Australia in the late 1960s,
In the early 1970s, Rusty Miller, an outstanding surfrider, also relocated
to Australia and worked on Witzig's next publication, Tracks.
He currently resides in Byron Bay.
Left: Cover of
Dixon, Peter L.: The Complete Book of Surfing, G.B., 1966.
Rusty Miller, Sunset Beach, c1965.
Photograph by Dr Don James.
The cover was signed by Mr. Miller while attending the 30th anniversary
of the introduction of Simon Anderson's Thruster at
North Narrabeen SLSC, 20 November 2010.
Many thanks to Rusty and Simon.
Bruce White and
(1958 - 2004)
Paul Flack and
| The Photographs
1. H. Phillips: Surfboard riders, Manly Beach, circa 1928.
Note the range of board design and decor, in particular the text, I'en nui, on the nose of the board to the far right .
Also note the age range of surfriders and the female surfrider.
- Phillips, H: Surfing Beaches of Sydney N.S.W.
Photographer, Printer and Publisher
99 Victoria Avenue Willoghby, NSW, 1930.
The item is not dated but has one photograph at Bondi dated March 22nd, 1930.
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