for primates : a catalogue of surfboards in australia since 1900
1965 to 1966
by Midget Farrelly
-Peru World Championships
Nose lift, thin
rails, light weight, George Greenough (US) fin-stage 1
1965 July 4
Tom Morey Innvitational Noseriding Contest Ventura California.
'Won' by Mickey
Munoz riding a Hobie Surfboard, shaped by Phil Edwards, featuring
flat nose rocker, kicked tail and a concave nose.
US designers went
into overdrive in the develpoment of Noserider models:
The Eliminator by
The Ugly by Con
The Penetrator by
John Peck/Morey-Pope Surfboards,
The Performer by
The Stretch by Gordon
and Smith Surfboards.
flat nose rocker, narrow high kicked tails, concave and stepped noses,
fin variation (Hatchet fins byDewey Weber, Tunnel fin, The Fin Wing?
) and the first low rails (by Tom Morey, further development at Gordon
and Smith Surfboards by Mike Hynson, Mike Haley and Skipp Frye).
A Nose patch became
a common decor feature -contest scoring was based on the time a rider
could stand on a marked section of the front 25% of the board.
added these, particually to noseriding models, but many riders added
the decor post-production.
This feature was
a excellent marketing tool for Morey-Pope's coloured aerosol wax alternative
-Slipcheck and competitor Grip-something.?
This was the first
professional contest - 25 invitees, purse of $1500.oo.
This was the first
objective contest - the rider scoring against the clock. A ride of 20 seconds
was/is outstanding.See Notes About Surfing.
Phil Edwards' design
and the host of variations were exported to Australia by late1965.
page 103 -104
page 100 -101
Edwards/Hobie Surboards Noserider Plans
Greenough’s Spoon (US) flexible kneeboard
- Velo SS. Clear flex bottom, molded from Velo 1 (a spooned deck
balsa kneeboard, 1962?), added foam rails and Stage II fin. Red pigment
rails and fin reinforcement. The board was warped during construction (asymmetric).
5 ft x 22 inches, 14 inch pod ?.
Limits of Pure Fun
Journal Vol2 #2 pages 72 and 86
1965 Gordon and Smith-Stretch Model 9’ 10”
The Stretch Model
was designed by Mike Hynson (of The Endless Summer fame) and Skip Frye
following the very successful Hynson Red Fin Model. One of the best noseriders
of the time, very few have survived in any condition. This seldom seen
Stretch model is in a condition not often seen, bright volan green hue
and glassed on fin. A few repaired spots on the tail and nose tips.
Powell, North Bondi SLSC member,
takes a large
wave on a surfoplane
at Ben Buckler,
Bondi Beach, August 1966.
Bondi SLSC (2006) page 145.
December Nautilas or Cuttlefish by Nat Young at Gordon Woods Surfboards.
nose, foam centre and flex tail. 8 ft x 23".
Dubbed "Nat’s Folly"
by Midget Farrelly
The original board
is part of the Scott Dillon Surfing
1966 World Championship
(San Diego, California) winning board of Nat Young.
Gordon Woods Surfboards (diamond decal),
Shaped by Nat Young,
clear with ½” redwood stringer, Volan glassed with wide rail lap
by Darryl Holmes.
Length 9ft 4”, Width
22”, Wide point –ve 6”, Thickness 2 ½”
Thin egg rails,
flat nose with rounded bottom deepest in front of the fin.
Thirty six layer
Greenough Stage III fin.
First ridden at
The Kick, Collaroy.
The board disappeared
during the post contest celebrations.
from a Joey Cabell design, it developed at the Noosa sessions late 1965
with George Greenough, Bob McTavish, Russell Hughes and Bob Cooper, based
at Hayden Kenny Surfboards, and subsequently Cord Surfboards,
Many Australian designers
were producing similar designs – all of those mentioned above and Midget
Farrelly (see Stringerless model), Keith Paull, Bobby Brown, Peter Drouyn,
and others; but Nat Young’s win saw the design exposed internationally
as well as becoming the accepted common design in Australia.
Since the design
directly preceded the sub 9ft Vee-bottom design, it is now considered the
last of the original Malibus/Longboards.
Design known in New
Zealand as a Thin Rail.
This has been subsequently
adopted by Australian board collectors as a decriptive term of this design.
Not to be confused
with a Mid 1980's Modern Malibu design by Nat Young featured a Sam -
an old friend decal, manufactured by Mike Davis Surfboards,
Nat Young ‘Nat’s
Nat and that’s that’ 1998 pp 110 to 145.
McGillvary and Freeman
: Free and Easy,1967.
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Joe: Duke Kahanamoku’s World of Surfing
Angus and Robertson Publishers Sydney
, Australia 1972 2nd Edition A&R Paperbacks, Sydney , Australia
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R. : A Pictorial History of Surfing
Paul Hamlyn Pty Ltd, 176 South Creek Road,
Dee Why West, NSW 2099.
1964 Pollard, Jack (ed.):
The Australian Surfrider
K.G.Murray Publishing Co.P/L,142 Clarence
Street , Sydney Australia
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(Vol. I) Editors : Falzon, Albert; Stewart, John; Grissim, John. :
Tracks Publishing Co Pty Ltd. P.O. Box
178 Avalon, NSW.
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– In Search of the Perfect Wave
Tehabi Books, Inc. Collins Publishers,
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
1978 Warwick, Wayne
A Guide to
Surfriding in New Zealand Second Edition
Viking Sevenseas Ltd Wellington, New Zealand
1979 Young, Nat ; Photographs by
McCausland, Bill: Nat Young’s Book of Surfing
A.H. & A.W. Reed Pty. Ltd. 53 Myroora
Rd, Terry Hills, Sydney.
1983 Young, Nat with McGregor, Craig
: The History 0f Surfing
Palm Beach Press,40 Palm Beach Road, Palm
Beach NSW 2108
1985 A History of Australian
Surfing Nat Young.
1971 Modern World
July Shane Steadman/Terry Fiztgerald (possibly) : 'Surfboard
Design' pages 30 to 36.
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Volume 16 #4. Bob Evans : 'remember the time when...' pages
30 to 35.