primates : a catalogue of surfboards in australia since 1900
Simon Anderson developes the Thruster
design in response to the success of the twin fin 2 in small
Familiar with the Twin fin 1, the Tri
fin and Geoff McCoy’s No Nose design, Simon was inspired by a Twin
2 with a small stabilizer fin in a rear fin box - designed by
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,
succession of contest victories in 1981 (Bells Beach, Coke
Pipeline Masters) emphatically heralded the design’s introduction
1986 it had universal market domination.
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
Contest report by Nick Carroll
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
Thruster appears in
125 Page 7.1981. See original article...
Carroll : Three Fins ? ? Simon Says ... Thrussttt !
The rapid application of Simon
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
MR - Bronzed Aussies - Cheyne - Rabbit, many US companies
were eager to
grab a Australian surfer.
In early 1981 Nectar Surfboards
on Simon Anderson and were immediately 'saddled' with the
fad. - the three finned Thruster.
The design was introduced to
the US as
early as May 1981, and virtually ignored.
Image Right : Cropped
May 1981 page 7
SURFER Magazine Volume
6 June 1981 page 13
Nectar Surfboards Pro
Dean Hollingsworth -
- Greg Mungall
132 E. Cliff
1981 Bell's Beach Contest
Remarkable not only for the largest
swells since 1965, but also for Simon Anderson's competitve
of the Thruster design.
Not only did the board handle the
conditions, but Anderson placed first.
Simon Anderson, Huge Saturday (Energy
Photograph : Peter Simons
Surfing Magazine Volume 17
9 September 1981 page 35.
For film of this event see David
Jack McCoy and Dick Hoole's Storm Riders, 1981.
The design had been
used by Warren Powell at the 1981 Pro-Junior (see sbove), and he
at Bells with fellow Lorne surfer, Wayne
Lynch, in a "Legends vs. The World" demonstration
Wayne Lynch was impressed
with the design to immediately order three.
His previous experience with early
Tri Fin designs indicated the potential of Simon's fin setup.
Also note Tinkler Tail comments.
from Personal Interview : 10 March 2005.
Film of Wayne Lynch riding one of his
Thrusters, see David Lourie, Jack McCoy and Dick Hoole's
As an example of the divergency in
at this time, in second place at Bells was Cheyne Horan, riding
Surfboards' single fin Lazor Zap.
Cheyne Horan, 2nd place (McCoy
Photograph : Peter Wilson
Surfing Magazine Volume 17
9 September 1981 page 34
Other competitors rode a variety of Twin
Fin (Mark Richards, Shaun Thomson) or sinle fin
with a variety of models
- Col Smith Surfboards
Clinker Bottom Byrne
Drifta Hot Buttered
Common design features included ...
No-Nose, Egg or Foiled templates;
Channels; and many tail variations.
On the large Saturday, many surfers
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
borrowed an Energy Thruster in preference to his Twin
Trials semi-finalist and
Champion Barton Lynch, had a fine example of big wave backhand
when he shared a wave with
2nd Cheyne Horan
2nd. Mark Warren
3rd. Ian Cairns
Nat Tri Fin
Nat Young’s response to Twin fin 2 success, it featured his
and bottom designs with a No Nose template and two 4" side fins
and a larger
centre Greenough fin.
Image left :
Cover shot for Surfing
Volume 17 Number 9 September
Caption : ''After back to
wins on his revolutionary 3-fin Thruster, Simon
Anderson looks to be the
man to beat in '81.''
Photograph : Aaron Chang
3 page 118.
April/May 1982 Volume 2,
Simon Anderson's Thruster for Nectar
Four Fin development of multifin
by Glen Winton following Mark Richard’s Twin fin 2 and Simon
Original design created by removing the
trailing fin of a five fin board.
Occassionally reprised, most often on
Pro Series epoxy molded board,
by Bob McTavish from European sailboard technology.
Range of designs (plugs based on
current pro-surfers’ boards) and colours with molded ‘markings’
Fin Plugs alternative design to the
used Banfield fin box, more applicable to the current thinner and
First models by FCS and AFS.
Mac T: soft rails and deck board with
rigid plastic bottom in four models, developed from Morey Boogie
for the beginner’s market by Bob McTavish.
Other manufacturers produced similar
See Morey-Doyle 1974
attends dedication ceremonies for the Duke Kahanamoku
on the northern headland of Freshwater Beach, 26 January.
A gift to the
by Harbord Diggers Club, Warringah Shire Council and Freshwater
Club, it features a statue of Duke Kahanamoku surrounded by
dedicated to Australian surfing champions.
Geoff McCoy’s No Nose/ Lazer Zap design reprised, this time with
Phazer: Bonzer / Thruster combination
by Rusty Priessendorfer (USA)
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1992 Stell, Marion K.
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(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
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.