history : simon
Simon Anderson developes the Thruster design in response to
the success of the twin fin 2 in small waves.
Familiar with the Twin fin 1, the Tri
fin and Geoff McCoy’s No Nose design, Simon was inspired by a Twin
fin 2 with a small stabilizer fin in a rear fin box - designed by
Frank Williams/Hot Buttered Surfboards (- Ric Gliddon).
The design was tested extensively, one
model taken to Hawaii for the 1980 season but not exposed to the
Initially treated with scepticism,
Simons's succession of contest victories in 1981 (Bells Beach,
Coke Surfabout and Pipeline Masters) emphatically heralded the
design’s introduction and by 1986 it had universal market
Anderson Reflects on a Decade of Shaping Surfboards (Interview)
Surfing World Magazine Volume 30 Number 1, circa
May 1981. Pages 16 to 31.
1981 Cue Pro-Junior
10 -11th and 17 -18th January
Sixth place to Warren Powell, of Lorne
Victoria, riding a Energy Thruster.
Contest report by Nick Carroll
(including Warren Powell surfing and board portait photograhs,
page 17) in...
TRACKS Magazine, Number, Pages
15 to 18 . March 1981
The first design article on Simon
Anderson's Thruster appears in
Number 125 Page 7.1981. See original article...
: Three Fins ? ? Simon Says ... Thrussttt !
The rapid application of Simon
Anderson's Thruster design by other top riders and shapers...
Walker :The Tri-Fin - Did God Mean It To Be?
May 1981, Number 128, Page 16.
|With continuing Australian
influence, MR - Bronzed Aussies - Cheyne - Rabbit, many US
companies were eager to grab a Australian surfer.
In early 1981 Nectar Surfboards
signed on Simon Anderson and were immediately 'saddled'
with the latest design fad. - the three finned Thruster.
The design was introduced to
the US as early as May 1981, and virtually ignored.
Image Right : Cropped
Volume Number May 1981 page 7
SURFER Magazine Volume
22 Number 6 June 1981 page 13
Nectar Surfboards Pro
Dean Hollingsworth -
Simon Anderson - Greg Mungall
132 E. Cliff
1981 Bell's Beach Contest
Remarkable not only for the largest
competition swells since 1965, but also for Simon Anderson's
competitve introduction of the Thruster
Not only did the board handle the
extreme conditions, but Anderson placed first.
Simon Anderson, Huge Saturday (Energy
Photograph : Peter Simons
Surfing Magazine Volume 17
Number 9 September 1981 page 35.
For film of this event see David
Lourie, Jack McCoy and Dick Hoole's Storm Riders,
The design had been
previously used by Warren Powell at the 1981 Pro-Junior (see
sbove), and he also competed at Bells with fellow Lorne surfer, Wayne Lynch, in a "Legends
vs. The World" demonstration event.
Wayne Lynch was impressed
enough with the design to immediately order three.
His previous experience with early
1970's Tri Fin designs indicated the potential of Simon's fin
Also note Tinkler Tail comments.
- Notes from
Personal Interview : 10 March 2005.
Film of Wayne Lynch riding one of his
Energy Thrusters, see David Lourie, Jack McCoy and Dick
Hoole's Storm Riders, 1981.
As an example of the divergency in
design at this time, in second place at Bells was Cheyne Horan,
riding a McCoy Surfboards' single fin Lazor Zap.
Cheyne Horan, 2nd place (McCoy
Photograph : Peter Wilson
Surfing Magazine Volume 17
Number 9 September 1981 page 34
Other competitors rode a variety of Twin Fin (Mark Richards,
Shaun Thomson) or sinle fin designs, with a variety of models
- Freefight - Col Smith Surfboards
Clinker Bottom Byrne
Drifta Hot Buttered
Common design features included ...
No-Nose, Egg or Foiled templates;
Flyers; Channels; and many tail variations.
On the large Saturday, many surfers
were under-gunned and opted to ride borrowed boards.
A sudden rise in demand for Energy
and Hot Buttered Surfboards was noted.
For example, Marc Price from South
Africa borrowed an Energy Thruster in preference to his
Twin fin models.
Trials semi-finalist and
future World Champion Barton Lynch, had a fine example of big
wave backhand surfing when he shared a wave with Wayne Lynch (no
2nd Cheyne Horan
2nd. Mark Warren
3rd. Ian Cairns
Nat Tri Fin
Nat Young’s response to Twin fin 2 success, it featured his
standard rail and bottom designs with a No Nose template and two
4" side fins and a larger centre Greenough fin.
Image left :
Narrabeen, Coke Contest, 1981.
Cover shot for Surfing
Volume 17 Number 9 September
Caption : ''After back to
back IPS wins on his revolutionary 3-fin Thruster,
Simon Anderson looks to be the man to beat in '81.''
Photograph : Aaron Chang
Anderson and Thruster,
Contest, December 1981.
: Aaron Chang
Magazine March 1984
Number 3 page 118.
||Simon Anderson's Thruster for Nectar Surfboards.
April/May 1982 Volume 2,
Rell Sunn and Nectar
Thruster, Taapuna,Tahiti, 1982.
Photo: Jeff Divine
Four Fin development of multifin
experimentation by Glen Winton following Mark Richard’s Twin fin 2
and Simon Anderson’s Thruster.
Original design created by removing the
trailing fin of a five fin board.
Occassionally reprised, most often on
Nederpelt ... boardsailing on hydrofoils (a Russian
invention) is a unique experience.
Peter van Wagensveld:This
is Freestyle Windsurfing
Fontana Paperbacks, Great Britain,1982
Photo-text: pages 126-127.
Pro Series epoxy molded board,
developed by Bob McTavish from European sailboard technology.
Range of designs (plugs based on
several current pro-surfers’ boards) and colours with molded
‘markings’ and/or adhesive ‘decals’.
Fin Plugs alternative design to the
long used Banfield fin box, more applicable to the current thinner
and lighter shapes.
First models by FCS and AFS.
Mac T: soft rails and deck board with
rigid plastic bottom in four models, developed from Morey Boogie
technology for the beginner’s market by Bob McTavish.
Other manufacturers produced similar
See Morey-Doyle 1974
attends dedication ceremonies for the Duke Kahanamoku
Commenorative Park on the northern headland of Freshwater Beach,
A gift to the
community by Harbord Diggers Club, Warringah Shire Council and
Freshwater Life Saving Club, it features a statue of Duke
Kahanamoku surrounded by mosaic plaques dedicated to Australian
Geoff McCoy’s No Nose/ Lazer Zap design reprised, this time with
standard Thruster fins.
Phazer: Bonzer / Thruster combination
by Rusty Priessendorfer (USA)
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