MANUFACTURER:Shane Surfboards Mitchell Road Brookvale Sydney
DESIGN: Spoon decked Knee Board
DESIGNER: Shane Steadman/George Greenough
Stringerless blank, Volan glassed with pigment laminate on bottom , resin pinlines
Tail: rounded square
Deck: deep concave
Rails: round, low at tail
Dimensions and photographs Sydney Surf Auction, Mona Vale Hotel, Sydney, 25 - 26 September 2003
Catalogue No. 188 : " Shane Shoe... early 1970's, good example, excellent condition."
Catalogue Notes by Mick Mock, PO Box 330 Manly NSW Australia 2095.
Thanks to Mick Mock.
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.
The design was given
exposure in the surf media as was George Greenough's surfing and surf photography.
The design peaked in popularity around 1970 with the release of George Greenough's The 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 performance surfing and serious tube rides.
In 1970 Shane Surfboards released a Greenough influenced solid spooned deck kneeboard, known as The Shoe.
Because the high performance capabilities of the design were only achievable in quality waves and the low floatation meant that only the most fit riders were able to catch waves, by 1973 the design was largely supplanted by Peter Crawford's Slab design, circa 1969, see # 83.
Initially Peter Crawford
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
In 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 influence, see
Australian Surfer's Journal