pods for primates*
Pods for Primates : Part 1
Pods for Primates : Part 2
were published by TRACKS magazine,
April (#31) and May (#32) 1973.
Bruce White and Gordon Woods Malibu, 1964.
Ken Grieves (not)
Surfing Beaches of Sydney N.S.W.
Photographer, Printer and Publisher
99 Victoria Avenue Willoghby, NSW, 1930.
Soft cover, 24 pages, black and white photographs.
The item is not dated but has one photograph at Bondi dated March 22nd, 1930.
Possibly printed in SURF International magazine, in colour, circa 1968.
Possibly Volume 1, Number 4.
A colour version was the cover shot for Surf International, Volume 1, Number 12, circa 1969.
A black and white copy printed in Honi Soit, Sydney University, circa 1971.
Ted Spencer's Little Red,
Shaped by Ted Spencer and Bob McTavish at Keyo Surfboards, mid 1967
8ft 4" x 23" stringered rounded pintail, red Greenough fin.
Clear deck, red gel coat on bottom.
First place in the Windansea Contest, Palm Beach, Sydney October 1967.
Nat Young and Bob McTavish's testing of the Short Board/Vee-Bottom theory in Hawaii, November-December 1967, has been extensively recorded in film (Paul Witzig : Hot Generationand Eric Blum The Fantastic Plastic Machine), books, magazines, web pages and mythology.
Documented, deified, disputed, despised and dismissed as the 'Short Board Revolution', the boards taken to Hawaii in the winter of 1967 by Bob McTavish, Nat Young, Ted Spencer, Peter Drouyn and other Australian surfers were in fact 'Gunned' versions of the designs developed for Australian surf.
Between February and November 1967 intensive competition between Sydney manufacturers and their stable of surfer/shapers (primarily Midget Farrelly (Surfboards), Palm Beach and Bob McTavish at Keyo Surfboards, Brookvale) saw length reduce from 9 ft to 7ft.
Variations of Ted Spencer's board were to be the dominant design in Australia for the next twelve months.
The board details were previously described on this page as...
Ted Spencer's 'Little Red', 8ft 9" x 22" stringerless rounded pintail. Possibly Shane Surfboards.
The board itself, however, broke in two at the Honolua Bay sessions.
These details were taken from multiple viewings of Paul Witzig's Hot Generation
and Bob McTavish's account of the Honolua Bay sessions,
"A plastic drinking straw...." SURF INTERNATIONAL Vol. 1. No. 3 February - March 1968 Page 11.
In November 2003 Ted Spencer emailed...
For what it's worth, so called Little Red board was 8'4" in length single stringer 23" wide and was shaped by Bob McTavish and I at Keyo Surfboards in Brookvale Australia.
It didn't break badly in Hawaii and I took it back to OZ. Regards, Ted.
Many thanks to Ted Spencer for this invaluable contribution.
The Annotated Recordings of Bob Dylan
Harris, Reg. S.: The History of Manly Life Saving Club 1911-1961
Published by Manly Life Saving Club, NSW Printed by Publicity Press Ltd. 1961.
Page Forty-four (uncredited)
to right) :
Geoff. Cohen - was the first Manly S.L.S.C. member killed in World War II and his board became the club's War Honour Roll.
Harry Wicke - was Australian Surfboard Champion in 1939-1940.
Lou Morath - came third in the Australian Titles and represented Australia at the Pacific Games in Honolulu in 1939.
Ken Simpson - was awarded a D.F.C. for service with the R.A.A.F.and was also killed in the war.
In the centre are the tails of two timber framed/plywood covered boards based on Tom Blake's Hollowdesign, circa 1934.
The othes are solid wood Alaia ('Church Windows' in Australia, 'Gothics' in mainland USA) of similar design to the board used in Australia by Duke Kahanamoku in 1915. All the boards were finless.
Geoff. Cohen's board is still with the Manly Surf Life Saving Club.
Lou Morath's board (#105) is 8 ft 8" x 23 1/2" exists in original condition and is held by the Balmoral Beach Club, Sydney.