MANUFACTURER: Odin Surfboards, Ballina NSW
SHAPER: Rick Purnell
DESIGN: Side Slipper
DESIGNER: Reno Abellira Australia : Midget Farrelly - Terry Fitzgerald
Foam blank with resin glue line stinger, Volan glass with purple tint, resin pinlines, marble deck patch decor, fin recessed into blank.
Tail: rounded square
Deck: S-deck, domed
Bottom: flat , vee behind fin.
Rails: 50/50 in nose and soft down rail from 1/3 rd back, harder in the tail.
Rocker: distinct nose lift
Purchased Nowra Tip, 2000?
Cleaned and photographed.
Sanding to remove poor quality repairs and the Plastibond filled tail
A compendium of (long board) manouvres , it includes...
IMPORTANT : Not
to be confused with "slipping the board " - a nose riding manouvre that
does not dis-engage the fin.
SIDE SLIPS can be performed
anywhere on the front half of the board.
Side slipping became
an recognised manourve in 1969, as demontrated in John Severson's
Pacific Vibrations, 1970.
Inter-Island Surfboards, Hawaii.
Reno Abellira and Inter-Island Side Slipper with hyper-kicked nose,
Huntington Pier, California, 1969.
Photograph Art Brewer
Nat Young : History, Page 104
To initiate the side slip the fin had to be dis-engaged, so the design critically relied of using smaller and inter-changable fins. Fin boxes were virtually a required addition.
This demand encouraged research into fin boxes and by 1972 the Bahne system became an industry standard.
A flat bottom with
a down soft rail that reduced the possiblility of catching edges was used
to control the side-slip and re-engage the fin
A hyperkicked nose
reduced the chance of burying the nose and helped in recovery.
In Australia the down soft rail, with a release edge, was developed through the experiments of Gordon Merchant. (Find relevant articles)
In Australia the design was taken up by Midget Farrelly (Farrelly Surfboards) and Terry Fitzgerald at Shane Surfboards.
The only board that allows the surfer to ride sideways, backwards or in a spinning circle.
The slipper has advantages a conventional board lacks
Speed comes easy, control is super positive through the flat bottom and low, soft rails.
Basically, the board is longer, thinner and a diamond shape in outline.
The fin is smaller to facilitate release only when desired.
The rails amd bottom allow a shallow draft fin in any case, and the fin used is both adjustable and removable.
Midget has ridden this shape in most every kind of wave.
Reef surf was where the speed from the bottom and the rails was best put to use.
In beach break the board responded to all manouvres and created new freedoms with side slips to hold curl position and 360's to fill the gap between peaks of sections.
Fantastic sensations can be had riding whole sections backwards.
The most average surfer is going to find this surfboard easy to ride.
Thje side slipper can't be compared to any other board that has gone before it.
The only limitation this surfboard has is the surfer who rides it.
Farrelly Surfboards, 230 Harbord Road, Brookvale 2018
Phone : 939-1724.
Although Reno Abellira and Midget Farrelly rode Side Slipper designs, there are no contest photographs of them (or others) side slipping.
The situation is similar in Paul Witzig's Sea of Joy, 1971.
Due to the lack of suitable wave conditions, the required high skill level, the potential for confusion in crowed conditions and/or the rejection by contest officials: side slipping receeded dramatically.
While the Side Slipper
appeared to be a minor deviation, it did have major design influence...
The manouvre, despite
all predictions, would re-appear in the late 1980's initially as the Floater,
credited to Mark Sainsbury.
Due to the ten year
gap, the connection between side slipping in the 1969 and the 1980's was,
understandably, largely ignored by commentators.