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Abalone Surfboards
1974
46 Mary Street Auburn, Sydney. Phone 649-3150 or 94-7669
Wayne Hutch
Rider: Stuart Entwistle, Queenscliffe.

Image thanks to Speedy Phil, September 2014.


Abstract Surfboards
1976
Harbord Rd. Brookvale
Nick Daly


Adlers Surfboards - Surfboards by Adlers Surf Centre
Old Cleveland Road Camp Hill, Brisbane.
Wooloongabba, Brisbane
1964 to late 1973.
- Les Purcell - contributed, with thanks, by Les Purcell. 
 
In the 1940s, Frank Adler built and surfed 16ft hollow boards at Maroubra, the family later moving to Queensland.
In 1962, Frank and son Ken Alder
began retailing Sydney boards from the family home in Old Cleveland Road, Camp Hill, Brisbane.
It is possible that some boards were supplied from Sydney manufacturers with Adlers (Surf Centre) decals, and perhaps later sourced from Queensland builders.

Ken Adler  began surfing at Coolangatta in1958 and took his first trip to Oahu's North Shore,in the winter of 1963-4.
He was a  finalist at the 1965 World Surfing Championships in Peru , later travelling to California  to work as a shaper at Hansen Surfboards.
By 1966, Ken Adler was in Alexandra Headlands, shaping at Hayden Surfboards, and in then moved to Bryon Bay to open San Juan Surfboards.

The top decal is a dierect copy of O'Neill Surfboads, California.
Decal images right and below by Scott Anderson. 


Decal from Spiro Zantiotis, December 2015, markings: 5605 10 0 RS 1028.



Warranty Card


Adler's Surf Centre: Kenn Surfboard., 1972.


Aero Surfboards
1973

Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
Telephone:  665 6881

Noted: one single fin belly-board.



Addiction Surfboards
Garie [Beach]
1988

Dennis Wright




Age Surfboards,
 1969
142 South Terrace, Bankstown NSW
Factory: 82 The Boulevade, Lakemba, 759-1553.
Al Jeffries; Bill Cilla, Frank Latta model, Bob Ryan (bellyboard #100?), William (Bill) Meade*
1971
New (additional?) factory 20 Woodfield Boulevade, Carringbah
- Tracks, February 1971, page 26.

Bill Meade emailed in October 2010:
"I worked for Gary Willer of Age Surfboards in the early 70's".

Peter emailed  July, 2005 (edited)...
re : Age, Nevada, Nivarna Surfboards.
Your story is a little incorrect, here are the facts ...
Alf Jeffries started AGE Surfboards....with Gary (willer??? - not exactly sure of the surname) who ran the retail side at Bankstown, circa 1966 - 1967.
He ran the factory at Lakemba, employees included Billy "Black Boy" Cilia.
About 1971 - 1972, Alf changed the name to Nirvana Surfboards and later on moved the factory to Kinkumber.
In the late 1970's, he sold Nivarna surfboards (proprietor unknown) and relocated to Western Australia. 
Bill  Cilla was initally involved with Nevada Surfboards ("Lock and load" was the slogan in one magazine advertisement) and later bought Nirvana Surfboards
Alf Jefferies currently resides in Coffs Harbour.







Airbourne Surfboards
1979
Byron Bay?
Bob McTavish
Michael Cundith

Red-black decal contributed by snazzy, April 2015.




Alan Atkins Surfboards
Anglesea, Victoria
1980

Alan Atkins


Alan Byrne Surfboards
1989
Alan byrne


Alan Mitchell Surfboards
1973
Alan Mitchell
Alan Oke Surfboards
1969
222 Station Street, Edithdale, Victoria.
Alan Mitchell.


Top decal, circa 1969 contributed by snazzy, April 2015.
Bottom decal, circa 1974.
 

Also see Oke Surfboards.




Aleeda Surfboards
Gold Coast
1978
Possibly made under contract, Aleeda was an established wetsuit company.

Aleeda circa 1983, below, forwarded by MaxiK, September 2014.

This board also had decals for Miami Surf Design and Tony Eltherington Surf Design, both Gold Coast.






Albert Fox Surfboards
1986
Albert Fox
Angourie Road, Yamba, 0
2 66 461040 w or 0408 469459 or home 02 66 469459
Contributed, with thanks, by Carolyn Fox.
Allan Byrne - AB Surfboards
Gold Coast
1985


Aloha Surfboards
1978 
Brookvale NSW
Greg Clough 
1982
Ian Goodacre
Stuart Campbell
Click red decal for Catalogue entry #33.

Bottom right: Early decal image circa 1978,  thanks to Mick Mock, Surf Auction, November 2011, #190.

   



Alpaca Surfboards
1969
Sunshine Beach, Queensland.
In August 2010, Trevor Hewston of Hewston Surfboards noted (edited):
"In 1966 I took over the old Green Gables Caffe and converted it to a surfboard factory where I began to produce small numbers of surfboards.
On ocassions Kevin Platt would come stay for a while shape a board or two whilst visiting his then girlfriend.
Early 1968 Kevin started shaping for me there and Jean & Lance came to Noosa latter that year &built a resturant on the hill.
By 1969 we moved to a bigger set up & the plan was for Kevin to keep the old factory, so while he was helping to fill orders in the new set up he lived with me at the new place at Noosaville.
The alp-aca lot squated there till they were removed.
Kev built boards there in the early seventys till the lease was taken over by Peter Troy, who was part off our original team.
I am also dissapointed that neither Kevin nor I got any reconigition as shapers of that time."

- Many thanks to Trevor.

Bill wrote, November 2005...
Stumbled across your great site .100s of names from the past .
Guys who made boards guys you surfed with and against names of boards long forgotten like GROVE
My dad bought me one of RICK BENNET in Noosa in prob 1969 or Spirit of the sea surfboards that sold opposite Kirra about that time or Alpaca that were made in sunshine bch where Platts boardshorts started.

I made boards in Newcastle for 6 or 7 years in 70s did around 5or 6 per week on own many for Merewether surfers of the time
Both Peter Cornish and Billy Robbo worked with me at times.
Peter had a following for his shapes thru his time with Sam Egan.
In this period did some boards for Aragorn in Qld MP even had one or two.
There were a nuber of small manufacturers in Ncle at time 1or2 even used to get us to glass their shapes
.It was a great period in surfing especially around area.
Still see the occassional board around mainly kept if had a spray by John Earle now quite famous artist
.John started spraying surf scenes waves dolphins etc on boards his painting and prints are now very valuable.
Site bought back great memories will get many from that era 70s 80s to have look even mentions guys like Terry Day -GULL-surfboards
ill tell Greg Day about .
Just a super interesting site wonder how u dug it all up .
Thought maybe thru Jim the printer -he did most of board stickers etc.
As i said great work especially for those of us still surfing
regards Bill

Al Wilson Surfboards
1989
Huskisson NSW

Wave Dancer, 1990.






Amber Glow Surfboards
1976
??
Russell Francis.


Amoco Sufrboards
1970
Coolite, Australia





Aquarius Surfboards
1976
Adelaide, South Australia.

Skateboard decal supplied by Andy Maunsell, September 2014.


Aragorn Surfboards/Kneeboards
Kirra, Queensland.
1974
Steve Goddard

1976
Michael Peterson,  Bruce Greig, Steve Goddard, Bill Robertson, Wayne Dean.
L.Knight on 1/3/1978.

1980?
Fingal Head, NSW.
Five Fin Fever and  Penta-fin model by Bruce Greig, circa 1985.



In January 2017, Jason Connell contributed images, and noted:
Bill
'Robbo' Robertson. worked at Aragorn in the late 1970s, where he introduced Wayne Deane to stable of Aragon shapers that included  Australian Champion Michael Peterson.
Bill Robertson later move south to the Newcastle area.
The 
Robbo board in my collection is double flyer, stinger pintail 6'6" single-fin, unusually with most of the volume in the nose area, its template similar to MP's famous Fangtail.

The logo was first drawn by 'Pierre' in 1977, but then it was re-drawn and finished by Shane Egan before being transferred to a laminate for surfboards by Jim The Printer.
This particular variation of the logo being particular to the early Aragorn boards made at Kirra before production was moved to Fingal.
(edited)



Michael Peterson - Aragon Surfboard, Stubbies Contest, Burleigh Heads, 1977.
Photo: Peter Crawford



Ashley Kneeboards-Surcrafts
Torquay Vic
1969
Peter Ashley
1977
Alleyne Avenue Torquay Victoria.
Available at Speaky's Surf Shop Geelong and Doug's Surf Shop Torquay.
- Backdoor, Number 1 c1974, page 10.








Ask Surfboards
A.S.K.?
Victoria?
1973


Atkinson and Gravelle Surfboards
1975
??


Atlas Surfboards
1969
Melbourne
- Les Purcell - contributed, with thanks, by Les Purcell.
Atlas Surfboards

1963
Emily Place, Auckland New Zealand.
Custom built under liscence to Gordon Woods Australia.
Atlas-Woods Surfboards (1963 - 1970)
Atlas-Woods was a NZ company (Atlas) using materials and experience sourced from Australia's Gordon Woods Surfboards,Brookvale.
For further information see...
Williamson, Luke: Gone Surfing - The Golden Years of Surfing in New Zealand, 1950 -1970
pages 46 and 50.


Australian Involvement Surfboards
1969
?



Australian Surface Fish
1984
Gold Coast, Queensland ?
Nigel Websdale.




Avanti Surfboards
1964
189 Bay Side Street Brighton Vic.


Aware Knees Kneeboards
1988



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