for primates : a catalogue of surfboards in australia since 1900
1963 original credited stinger type design
by Hal Jacobs (USA).
Named after factory address, 442 Pacific
Coast Highway Hermosa Beach California.
It is unlikely there were current Australian
50/50 Rail/ Chine rail
a pointed elliptical rail profile, used
as a compromise between a dropped/hard/low rail and a round rail. Extensively
used 1965 to 1971.
a straight edged raked fin based on jet
plane wing in current Thruster configuration, initially by Rainbow Fins
(USA) June 1983. Australian examples.
Also called Angular or Staight-edged fin,
US - Cralle.
cobalt napthalate (‘cobalt’), added to
resin with catalyst to increase the exothermic reaction and to reduce cure
time. Most common use is with pigment gel coats. - (ORB) in Cralle..
highly flammable and toxic cleaning solvent
commonly used to clean resin from boards and brushes and in preparation
for gloss coats - (ORB) in Cralle
This fin/placement was carried over in the
Pin-vee and Double-ender models, and placement reached an extreme of 12
inches from the tail on the Tracker, all 1968.
|advanced fin placement
During the Short/transition board period,
1967 to 1969, an important component of design experimentation was the
increase in fin rake and its movement forward.
Not only was board length substantially
reduced, but advancing the fin further enhanced maneuverability.
Early Malibu boards often had the fin
base fixed at the tail with the rake trailing behind.
During the early 1960’s fin designs were
varied and placement 3 to 6 inches from the tail, but by 1967 the Greenough
(Stage II and III) was considered standard and placement moved up the board
to 10 inches.
Continued length reduction during 1969
saw fin placement return to the more conventional 5 to 6 inches.
These comments refer specifically to single
fin boards up to 1969.
In the early 1970's fin placement experimentation
was available to the rider with the introduction of standardized fin boxes.
Fin placement was varied with the Stinger
design,1974, and has been critical in the refinement of the twin fin and
See fin placement, Twin fin, Tri-fin,
1. A fine nozzle spray gun using
compressed air to apply paint (normally acrylic) to a blank or board.
2. Colour; either solid, fade,
panels, graphic and /or mural; applied to a blank or board with tool #1
above. -(ORB) in
air inhibited resin
a non-wax polyester resin that does not
completely cure while exposed to air (oxygen?).
Commonly laminate resin. -(ORB) in Cralle.
an unusual dished and kicked square-tail,
featured on Greek Surfboards' Eliminator model, circa 1967-1968. US.
Asian boards/Chinese boards
surfboards manufactured in mainland China,
usually from Australian produced blanks, that retail at a substantial retail
discount due to low Asian labour costs.
Less stringent environmental and health
regulations may also reduce costs. Circa 1998. See www.
1. Pre 1900
solid native timber Hawaiian traditional
board, 5 ft– 12 ft and 13.5 inches to 20 inches wide.
Common use. Ridden prone, kneeling or
2. 1900 to 1930
solid timber board similar to 1 above,
but made from imported timber (usually Californian redwood), due to the
exploitation of the native forests, and thicker, to improve the strength
of the coarser grained substitutes.
The imported timber was lighter and the
added thickness increased the floatation of these boards.
3.1930 to 1950
Classic dimensions and template retained
but use of waterproof glues developed in WWI facilitates construction from
The original application of the stringer,
this reduced timber cost and weight with a mix of strong and light timbers,
e.g. balsa and redwood.
More sophisticated construction involved
chambering or hollowing out timber sections before laminating together
to reduce weight further, possibly influenced by Tom Blake’s Hollow plywood
Australian name ‘Church windows’ and
mainland USA name ‘Gothic’ circa 1940-50, descriptive of the template.
SURFER Volume 13#Number 3 September
Noel (?): Perfect
Wave Manifestation, page 71
This 3 page article
was Greg Webbers first inspiration toward his present wave-pool concept.
In fact it was John Webber (Gregs elder bro) that got onto this first..as
I remember him designing possible synthetic reefs for the Boot at Sth Bondi
& 3rd Winki/Dead Mans at Fairy Bower..later in the more recent past
this idea was championed by Cheyne Horan & Greg to the Bondi/Waverly
Council to no avail
intentional non-symmetrical design usually
to enhance performance in a preferred direction (right or left).
Note that most handshaped boards are probably
1963 Midget Farrelly Hook tail.
1976 Nat Young Backhand (rails).
1979 Bob McTavish Asymmetric (template).
1983 Ed Angulo Asymmetric (sailboard template)
McTavish : Asymmetrcal, Seanotes Magazine 1978
Australian Racing 16
1937 to 1960, hollow plywood covered board
originally designed by Tom Blake in 1934
Adopted by the Surf Life Saving Clubs
primarily as a rescue or racing craft, hence the extreme length and in
many cases very narrow.
See Hollow board