Hayden Surfboards, 164 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland, Queensland, or
Gordon Woods Surfboards, 208 Harbord Road Brookvale NSW
SHAPER: Peter Drouyn
DESIGN: Diamond tail
DESIGNER: Peter Drouyn
Stringerless foam blank, Volan glassed with 1 1/2 inch rail lap, Waveset fin box, spray markings.
Nose: Rounded pin
Bottom: Slighty rounded hull -light Vee around fin to tail.
Rails: 50/50 pinched - high at the nose and low at tail
Rocker: gentle with nose lift
Obtained from council cleanup, Ocean Avenue, Wonoona, NSW.
Purchased 20th December 2004.
Dimensions and photographs 22 December 2004
The deck has many fractures, dings, staining.and major delamination at the tail.
This is largely due to the extreme light weight glassing.
Also many crude repairs.
The bottom has several minor dings and a chips out of the nose and tail.
The fin is broken and the finbox has cracks.
Following the failure of the wide-tailed Vee bottom experiment in Hawaii December1967 plan shapes became the focus of design
In early 1968 some designs merely added a pintail - the Pintail Vee bottom - see #107
This was quickly abandoned, and as the year progressed plan shapes literally reversed to a fully foiled gun derived template.
Wide points moved dramatically forward (up to +ve 12'') and tails narrowed, with three main variations.
Bottom features, particually Vee, were much less extreme but 50/50 rails were retained
Many boards were stringerless, but the newly introduced coloured resin glue-line stringer was also widely used.
Volan fibreglass was an industry standard and the boards usually have identifiable laminated rail overlaps, often with deck and/or fin patches.
Fins usually were large Greenough-influenced flex fins, with advanced placement towards the nose.
The first commercially available finboxes were introduced in 1968 - WAVESET (by Morey-Pope) and SAFESET (by Fins Unlimited) - from the USA.
These were fitted with a selection of molded plastic fins.
See Pintail #96 Roundtail #171 and Tracker #108
The three models were illustrated in Surfing World Volume 12 No. 1 1969...
A* wrote, 25 Sep 2004, and my reply January 2005...
I like your site and have looked at it more times than many...i am a big fan of Australian surfing history and live up near Byron.
I have been working on a story on Drouyn and... to be fair...how come his 1970 makaha win isnt on your site....or his 1970 Aust titles?? Or his second in the bells 4 times/? or second at the smirnoff?
- they will be at next upload, (March 2005?)
Just interested, cas doing the research...i mean drouyn isnt on surfline either....or surf info...its bizarre?? Did he shag lots of peoples sisters or something??
By focusing my work on surfboards, I have attempted to avoid the cult
Hope everything is going nice
Thank you - Geoff