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the catalogue #192 
 1973 Wave Creation Swallow tail 6ft 8'' 
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MANUFACTURE
MANUFACTURER: Wave Creation Surfboards,Berry NSW 
SHAPER: Robinson
DESIGN:  Swallow tail
DESIGNER: Ben Apia
SPECIFICATIONS
CONSTRUCTION
Foam blank,  1/8'' redwood stringer, tinted Volan laminate with naose and tail/fin patches, resin pin lines, r/h post production plug.
DIMENSIONS
Length :
 6
ft
 8
inches
Width :
 18 3/4
inches
Wide Point :
+ve 2 
inches
Nose :
 14 1/2
inches
Tail :
 12 1/2
inches
Thickness :
 3
inches
Pod :
 6 1/2
inches
Nose Lift :
  inches
Tail Lift :
  inches
Weight :
  kilos
Volume :
  litres
Swallow tail :
 -ve 3
inches  
FEATURES
Nose: pin 
Tail:   swallow, chamfered
Deck:   flat
Bottom: flat, slight vee in tail
Rails: 50/50 in front third, then down to tail
Rocker: distinct
FIN
 Single  laminated fin, 
 7'' x 6''  base @ 4''.
Leg rope hole, in leading edge.
DECOR
DECALS
Deck: Wave Creation Surfboards Berry NSW  , small Black/clear 
Bottom:  Wave Creation , large Black/clear 
MARKINGS
Deck: None
Bottom: 
COLOUR
Deck Brown tint laminate with dark brown rail lap, 
Wide white and narrow light blue resin pin-lines 
Bottom
Brown tint laminate with dark brown rail lap, nose and tail/fin patch
Wide white  resin pin-lines 


 

NOTES
BOARD HISTORY
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)
DESIGN HISTORY
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.
COMMENTS
Very early model by this manufacturer, probably at Old Berry Bakery address.
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CONDITION: 8.

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