Donated by John McInnes 1996, purchased
from Tim Andrews/Era Beach NSW.
Minor ding repairs and fin tab adjustment.
Replacement for # 20, 1977.
Two early pintail design precedents were
shaped for Nat Young by Harold Iggy at Weber Surfboards for the Hawaiian
winter of 1968-1969 and ridden to 5th place in that year's Duke Kahanamoku
The two boards had identical large sun
decals on the deck.
The following winter (1969-1970):
"We ended up in Hanalei Bay and
got to witness Joey Cabell surf Hanalei at 18 to 20 feet.
I stood on the deck of the Princeton
Hotel and watched him, 800 metres off- shore on the board that he'd shaped
himself called "White Ghost", 9- foot 6-inches long with down rails tucked
under to an edge and a completely flat bottom.
It was a memorable experience indeed,
and for the next few years Joey was to be my hero and guiding light as
far as equipment was concerned.
The Smirnoff contest kicked off
at Makaha Beach in the last week of November (1969)and
I was using a beautiful 8-foot 6-inch down-rail gun inspired by Cabell,
with a 9-foot board as backup.
With no surfboard company to appease
I'd got Cabell's shaper Steve Teau to shape both of the boards before I
Nat (1998) page 228.
In early 1971, Nat Young had relocated
to a rural acreage outside Byron Bay on the NSW North Coast where he:
" turned the property's old farm-machinery
shed into a surfboard factory, building the glassing stands myself and,
with Garth Murphy's help, a shaping stand.
It was really satisfying building
boards at home; I did everything myself and there were always plenty of
orders, what with sales to a growing number of local friends and Ray Richards,
from Newcastle, who asked me to make boards for his shop whenever I had
time between custom orders.
I modelled them on the board I was
riding at that time, a scaled-down version of those Cabell had been surfing
in Kauai; 7-foot long by 201/2 inches wide, a double-ended pintail with
soft, low rails tucked under to an edge.
I coloured them all in soft pastels
and used very small pivot fins, as with that design I found that I didn't
need to use much fin at all, the drive coming from the bottom shape and
Over the course of twelve months
I kept reducing the fin size until I'd got it down to only 7-inches deep
and 3-inches wide at the base.
I believe that this period in Byron
was the best I've surfed in my life."
Nat (1998) page 236.
It was at this time that the footage of
Nat at Broken Head was shot by Alby Falzon for inclusion in The Morning
of the Earth, see below.
The design featured a compressed pintailgun
template, 2nd phase concave bottom, soft box rails with a hard edge, large
nose lift and a small Greenough single fin.
The early models Byron Bay models usually
featured grey/blue pigment laminate and this was continued when the boards
were initially manufactured for Bennett Surfboards in Brookvale.
Later Sydney models, first at Bennetts
and later at Nat's Mona Vale factory, had sprayed blanks.
While the early models often had, as on
this example, one of several large Oriental decals (see below),
by the mid-1970s this was replaced by a large naked female and floral illustration,
These design was manufactured, virtually
unchanged until 1981, thereafter it was reconfigured by inverting the position
of the wide point, widening the tail and installing a tri-fin set up.
See Nat Young Tri fin
OTHER NAT YOUNG BOARDS
#174 - images below.
Also see Nat Young Tri fin
57, 1981 and Nat Young Tri fin
COMMENTS : Replacement board for
Magazine Article :
1. Falzon, Albert and Murphy,
Garth (Photographers) :"Nat and His Boards and His Surfing"
Tracks magazine October 1971, page
Note Pintail and Squaretail ("Backhand")
2. Nat Young : ''Ten Years in
Surfing World magazine Vol 26 #4
1978 pages 24 - 26
Photos by Bruce Channon, image below.
Youngís Book of Surfing page 64.
: Surfing Fundamentals Pages 100 - 101.
Same text as # 1. above. Includes reprint
of Pintail/Backhand photograph in Magazines # 1, noted above.
Nat and thatís that
Extensive references and photographs,
note pages 228 to 236.
1. Alby Falzon: The
Morning of the Earth, 1972.
While MOTE is packed with
an incredible amount of high quality surfing performances, the sequence
featuring Nat Young (in his regulation red boardshorts/longsleeve
vest) at Broken Head, NSW, is arguably the most outstanding.
In extremely fast breaking waves, Nat
fails to make his first two when he attempts to speed trim though sections.
Subsequently, he is more successful by
forgoing the straight line approach and rides at the curl speed by maintaining
a series of fluid turns whereby the board is constantly accelerating coming
out of the top turns.
This effectively was the ultimate expression
of McTavish's Break Out From the Straight Line
Theory, formulated in late 1967.
See Source Documents: "LADIES
AND GENTLEMEN AND CHILDREN OF THE SUN.."
Through the 1970s
this approach would typify shortboard surfing, with straight-line surfing
generally confined to riding deep in the curl.
Towards the end
of the 1970s, South African Shaun Tomson extended performance levels by
advancing the method whereby he was "turning inside the tube", see
Bill Delany's Free Ride (1977).
2. Alby Falzon:
Nat in California on green 8 ft Pat Morgan
Surfboard (three circles decal) with a long base keel fin.
3. David Sumpter:
Nat Young in Bali and 1972 Coke Contest,
4. NatYoung: Fall Line,
Victoria with Wayne Lynch.