primates : a catalogue of surfboards in australia since 1900
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DUKE KAHANAMOKU 1976 Surfing Contest
Part of the 1976 Duke Kahanamoku
Surfing Championships starring Larry Bertlemann.
1976 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational,
Beach (11th December)
1st James Jones (H)
2nd Michael Ho (H)
3rd Larry Berltemann (H)
5th Peter Townend
6th Ian Cains
7th Michael Peterson
8th Jonathon Paarman (SA)
Twin Fin IIadaptation
1976 Fish design by Mark Richards and Dick Brewer (Hawaii).
6 ft x 20" flyer swallow tail with vee
bottom and twin Brewer wide base fins.
Particularly suited for small waves it
dominated 50% of the market by 1980..
Modern Malibu resurgence of plus 9 ft
traditional Malibu template but with modern construction (light
note leg rope use) and design features (particularly rails) by Bob
Bob Cooper and others.
Becomes an industry standard for small
wave use, greying of the market and 1960’s nostalgia.
"The Alex McKenzie"
By 1972 Inshore Rescue Boats had
their appearance on the life saving scene, it was decided to set
up a study
group to consider the advisability of acquiring such a craft.
When the report was tabled it was
not to buy one.
Two more studies were undertaken
it was resolved in 1977 to invest in such a motorised craft.
Funnily enough, the person to move
the first motion negating the proposed acquisition was the
member who moved
to buy the craft five years later.
Application was correctly made to
half of the cost borne by a Federal Government Assistance
Scheme, but unfortunately
the application got fouled up in the Illawarra Branch, leading
conflict between the club and Branch.
The problem was finally resolved
State Centre of the Surf Life Saving Association meeting half
from options not taken up from the original allocation of
Named after Alex McKenzie, then
host of the Imperial Hotel, Clifton and a great club
supporter, it was
launched on the 4th December, 1977 by Mrs. Fitzgerald, wife of
member Alan Fitzgerald, who was President of the Seagulls
section of the
club for some years.
For a number of years the running
of the craft were sponsored by Liverpool Chrysler (through Mr.
of that Company).
Unquestionably the craft has
its work as a rescue unit, as a surveillance unit, !IS a work
still continues to give service in these fields."
Mini Mal smaller (7 to 8 ft) version of
Modern Mal above by Bob McTavish approximating first short board
By the end of the 1980’s has become an
industry standard with the application of Thruster fins.
Breakway, December 1977
- Feature Article with 16 year old Tom
Pipeline, 1979. Photo: Bob Barbour
Asymmetric intentional asymmetric
and tail designs for increased performance in one defined
by Bob McTavish.
See Hook tail 1963.
Further adaptation by Angulo (Hawaii)
for sailboards in the mid 1980’s
No Nose narrowed nose and widened tail
single fin as a response to twin fin 2 success in small waves, by
See Pig 1958.
Lazer Zap further development of the No
Nose concept by Geoff McCoy based upon his work for Cheyne Horan.
Later models incorporated Ben Lexan
Clinker Bottom Phil Byrne (Byrne
design Twin fin 2 with deep vee bottom and channels in front of
extend wave range.
A ‘stiffening’ of this design as
to Geoff McCoy’s ‘loosening’ of the single finned Lazer Zap,
REFERENCES FOR THIS SECTION
1992 Stell, Marion K.
Collins Angus & Robertson
(Australia) Pty. Limited
A division of Harper Collins
(Australia) Pty. Limited
25 Ryde Road, Pymble NSW 2073,
1997 Warshaw, Matt : Surfriders
In Search of the Perfect Wave
Tehabi Books, Inc. Collins
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
1979 Young, Nat ;
McCausland, Bill: Nat Young’s Book of Surfing
A.H. & A.W. Reed Pty. Ltd. 53
Rd, Terry Hills, Sydney.
1983 Young, Nat with
: The History 0f Surfing
Palm Beach Press,40 Palm Beach Road,
Beach NSW 2108
1985 A History of
Surfing Nat Young.
1971 Modern World
July Shane Steadman/Terry Fiztgerald (possibly) :
Design' pages 30 to 36.