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 1972  Coolite : Midget Farrelly Pro Champ 4 ft 10" 
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MANUFACTURE
MANUFACTURER: Haminex Pty Ltd
SHAPER:  Molded 
DESIGN:  ' Midget Farrelly Pro Champ' Coolite
DESIGNER: Midget Farrelly ?
SPECIFICATIONS
CONSTRUCTION
Molded coolite foam, painted deck, adhesive decal, rubber fin and box. 
DIMENSIONS
Length :
 4
ft
 10
inches

Width :
 18
inches
Wide Point :
 + 0
inches
Nose :
 16
inches
Tail :
 15
inches
Thickness :
 4 1/2
inches
Pod :
 13 1/2
inches
Nose Lift :
  inches
Tail Lift :
  inches
Weight :
  kilos
Volume :
  litres
Other, Flyer/s :
  inches

 
FEATURES
Nose: round 
Tail:  rounded square 
Deck:  flat
Bottom:  Three-quarter keel with twin concaves 
Rails: rounded square 
Rocker:
FIN
 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" rubber
with through-the-board box.
DECOR
DECALS
Deck: 'Midget Farrelly Pro Champ' Script red/blue, adhesive decal 
Bottom:
MARKINGS
Deck: Molded 'H' logo,R/h tail - for Haminex. 
Bottom:
COLOUR
Deck: Blue deck patch with L/h black offset racing stripes 
Bottom:  white
NOTES
HISTORY
Donated by John McInnes. Severe wear,deck colour almost gone, structual cracks especially in the nose, dinged rails, fin loose. 
COMMENTS
Early 1970's molded polystyrene foam board, an adaptation of the paipo/Surf-o-plane design used principally by juveniles. 
Term origin : Polystyrene foam was first marketed circa 1958 in Australia as a low-cost portable insulated food or beverage container, brand name ‘Coolite’. The first boards bore the 'Coolite' brand and subsequent models; including 'Midget Farrelly', 'Pipeliner'; retained the generic name. 
Advanced models used a molded rubber fin, e.g. Midget Farrelly model.
1980’s models were inserted in a woven fabric cover to limit foam damage.
In the 1970's small groups of riders adapted production models, usually by fitting fins, to circumvent beach restrictions e.g. North Bondi. 
REFERENCES
See Paipo Catalogue for other prone craft.
Books
1. Margan and Finney : A Pictorial History of Surfing   Page 157 
2. White : Surfing  Part 2 Chapter 2 
CONDITION: 3


#34 Coolite
                rider, Margan and Finney, 1970 page 157.
Coolite rider, Margan and Finney  1970 page 157.

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