MANUFACTURER:Jackson Surfboards, 57 Captain Cook Drive Caringbah Sydney
SHAPER: Unkown, possibly Laurie Byrne.
DESIGN: Greenough Flex Spoon
DESIGNER: George Greenough
Stringerless blank, Volan glassed with pigment laminate on bottom
Tail: rounded square
Bottom: flat, with chine rail
Deck: 'Jackson' script, green on nose
Bottom: green pigment/tint
Purchased Nowra Tip, March 1999.
Badly stained, extensive damage and no fin but position and the base length was indicated by remnant rovings.
The severe rail damage was foam blocked and repairs in Volan glass.
The fin was replaced by the fin removed from # 37.
Sanded, glossed and polished by Jackson Surfboards, December 1999.
Originally based on a spooned deck balsa wood kneeboard, the Greenough Flex Spoon (Velo 1) was molded off the bottom and then had foam block rails added.
This construction method was not followed by other manufacturers - a full blank was shaped with a thin foam base that was removed after laminating the bottom.
First used in Australia in 1965, George Greenough's performance had a huge impact on many Australian designers.
design was given
exposure in the surf media as was George Greenough's
surfing and surf photography.
in popularity around 1970 with the release of George
Innermost Limits of Pure Fun -
featuring some his surfing
on Spoon and inflatable mat (see #66)
but most famously included on-board footage of radical
and serious tube rides.
simply filled in the spooned deck to greatly increase
floatation and expand
the wave range, but over a long life the Slab was
apadpted with a range
of rail shapes and fin configerations, see #
design was attempted to be recreated in stand up
boards, most infamously
by Nat Young at Gordon Woods Surfboards in 1965, see The
1967 Midget Farrelly,
Bob McTavish and other shapers in Sydney developed a
short deep vee bottomed
board that had strong elements of George Greenough's
Australian Surfer's Journal
Used condition February 1999
Foam block repairs June 1999, larger image below.
Restored condition December 1999
Used condition, no fin, February 1999
Restored condition, December 1999
Foam block repairs June 1999