MANUFACTURER: Wave Creation Surfboards,Berry NSW
DESIGN: Swallow tail
DESIGNER: Ben Apia
Foam blank, 1/8'' redwood stringer, tinted Volan laminate with naose and tail/fin patches, resin pin lines, r/h post production plug.
Tail: swallow, chamfered
Bottom: flat, slight vee in tail
Rails: 50/50 in front third, then down to tail
Purchased used August 2003 by Hamish Fitzsimmons, Sydney.
Extensive tail damged and dings, repaired by Wave Creation Surfboards, Gerringong, NSW
Photographs 3 October 2003
Thanks to Hamish and Jade (Wave Creations)
The swallow tail is usually attributed to Ben Apia, circa 1972 and used extensively in this original format, and commonly used on the Stinger 1974 (Ben Apia) and the Twin Fin 2 1976 (Mark Richards).
The earliest example, however, dates from circa1960 - a remarkable design featuring tow rope, paddling pad, distinct rocker, high aspect fin and swallow tail.
Jean Seagrave-Smith and her Swallow tail board, Waikiki, circa 1960
Blake 1961, page 3.
One of five photographs of Jean Seagrave-Smith and her Swallow tail board, pages 3 and 4.
Very early model by this manufacturer, probably at Old Berry Bakery address.