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Bad Company Surfboards
Gold Coast, Queensland
1990

Steve Griffiths


  

Baja Surfboards
1975-1985
Brookvale, Sydney ?
Chris Henri


[Balance Surfboards]
Gold Coast
1977
Tested by Wayne Bartholomew - Balanced by Gill Glover


Balance Design (Surfboards)
1976
Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Darrell 'Rooster' Dell.

Decal image supplied, with thanks, by Glen Bryden, August 2014.


Balin Surfboards
Flinders, Victoria
1976
1982
Bean
Ken Reimers
Mick Pierce
Jon H. Wilson
 
Mostly known as an accessory company (legropes, wax and board bags), Balin Surfboards were possibly made under licence by an established manufacturers, for example Trigger Brothers of Victoria and Jon H. Wilson Surfboards.

"Capsule shape  Balin Surf Sports logo is from a comp. quad fin surfboard by Trigger Bros. for Ken Reimers form about 81/82?" - Snazzy, 

Decal images circa 1982 contributed with thanks by Snazzy, December 2010.




Banzai Surfboards
1964-1965
Sydney Australia.

Images contributed with thanks by Eric Bayliss:
1964. Black, October 2007
1965 Coloured, August 2013.



Banzai Surfboards
Lakes Entrance
1986
Brian Kenny


Bare Nature Surfboards
1971
Byron Bay

In 1971, Bob Newland started Bare Nature Surfboards on his farm outside of Byron, assisted by Bob Rasby.
Bob
started a partnership with Roy Meisel, an "old and still best friend" recently arrived from the U.S., and the business then moved into the Bay, with a stable of several renown "sculptors."


"P.S. Re-ad [right]: Midget never made it there that year to shape boards boards for us."

Bob Rasby later moved to N.Z. and started his own surfboard shop in Gisbon.


Second advertisement for Bare Nature Surfboards, Tracks, 1971.
[Lennox Head, cropped]
Subsequently, Roy Meisel purchased Bare Nature Surfboards outright, however, "before he closed the doors, someone stole the name and trade marked it.
Roy, very laided back, couldn't be bothered defending my original name which he owned, (and which) I was ready to buy back from him."  Bob Newland then "spent some time working for Warren Cornish Surfboards, before starting Surf Aids in 1973.

- updated thanks to Bob Newland, who, in late 2013 forwarded a large amount of interesting information and images on the surfing industry in Bryon Bay 1965-1980.

1975

The brand next noticed circa 1975 using new decal designs
- an enhanced BARE NATURE  text 
- a black on clear graphic of Broken Head.
- two-tone text in a horizontal diamond (image below, left.
1976
Stinger - Hot Lips Designs by Mike Purpus of California
by Nigel Perow, c/o Bare Nature Surfboards, Byron Bay.
1978
Bruce Palmer, Kent Mannin.
1979
15 Browning Street,  Byron Bay. Phone : (068) 85 6720.
Shaper :Nigel Perrow.
Glasser : Mark Plegghorn
"Pintail and roundtail wingers. Single fins only."   - Tracks magazine, December 1979, page 44.
Image right contributed with thanks by Eric Bayliss, October 2007.
1986 - 15 Browning Street,  Byron Bay
Shapers :  Nigel Perrow. (?) and Wayne Riordan
Bruce Palmer. 
Circa 1990
Moved to Western Australia

Bare Nature decal circa 1976.
Thanks to Ron Cunningham,
July 2016.


Bare Nature, 1985.


Bare Nature, 1979.


Bare Nature, Broken Head Wave, 1986.


Bare Nature, circa 1980. 
# 29 Bare Nature Mini mal,
                1986
Bare Nature, 1986.
Mini-mal Thruster,
Click for Catalogue entry.







Bare Nature 7ft 2'',
circa 1976.

Thanks to Ron Cunningham,
July 2016.

Baron Surfboards
1968
150 Taren Point Road, Taren Point NSW .

Baron Sufboards were an off-shoot of Peter Clarke Surfboards, manufactured at the same location or another factory in the area.
This may have been for business reasons or adoption of a more contemporary name in line with the industry practice of more colourful and decorative decals in the late 1960's.
The decal script was usually in a type of Old English, as previously used by Shane Surfboards, and the use of a Iron Cross graphic was common on many boards
Frank Latta, possible shaper, and any other Peter Clarke Surfboards' employee of the period.
See entry for Peter Clarke Surfboards
There was also  Baron Kneeboards, which may/may not be conected to the original company.
Noted: Kneeboard by Rob McLaggan.

Leigh noted in January 2003:
At the end of the 60's and probably to '72 there was a Surfboard manufacturer on Taren Point Road, Taren Point NSW 2229 called Baron Surfboards maybe Frank Latta was one of the shapers.

In July 2009, Dean at Erina NSW emailed (adjusted):
Hey  rode some kids old single today at the beach with a Baron decal, same as on your site, on the deck.
Super plain, no stringer or measurements, but was signed Bob Shot.


Baron Surfboards, 
circa 1968.
Image  thanks to Mick Mock, Surf Auction, 
November 2011, #102.
Baron Surfboards, 
circa 1969.
Image contributed with thanks 
by Archie Ives, October 2007.
Baron Surfboards, circa 1973.
Taren Point, NSW.
Photograph and catalogue notes, thanks to Mick Mock, Surf Auction,  September 2007.

Barry Bennett Surfboards
Bennett Surfboards
 

Click the image for Bennett Surfboards.


Barry King Surfboards
1976
?

Decal image supplied by George, May 2011.


Barry Taylor Surfboards
Taylor Tubestick Custom Surfboards
1969

151 Kinghorne Street, Nowra NSW
Barry Taylor 
1970
77 North Street Nowra

1976
Princess Highway, South Nowra
Laurie "Froggy" Byrne, Al Wilson, Terry Glass.

Decal below, circa 1969, forwarded by Ange Fenech, December 2014, with thanks.

    






Barry Watson Surfboards
Victoria?
1972
Barry Watson


Bay Action Surfboards
Byron Bay  NSW
1977
Gary Timperley
1982
Three Fin model




1982

1990.


Bay Area Surfboards
15 Browning St Byron Bay, NSW
1965
Rick Bennett


Information and 1965 decal image supplied, with thanks by Marie Sutton, December 2014.

Below,

decal circa 1966.




Bay Area Malibu Surfboards
14 Johnson St Byron Bay, NSW
1980



Bay Side Surf Centre
1965
Melbourne 923774
Dora Surfboards Californian Style Model
There was probably no design or financial negotiatons with Mr.Dora.
See Contact Production Boards, 1960s.

Beacham Surfboards,
1974
Whale Beach, NSW .
Chris Beacham, Ian Bray, Damien Byers,Tim Rodgers.


Beach Point Surfboards/Kneeboards

1976 ?
Central Coast NSW?
Bear Custom Surf Designs
?
circa 1980

Maurice Cole, Victoria?


Bear Surfboards,
Byron Bay NSW
circa 1990
Paul Hutchinson, Ronnie Woodward, Michael Cundith
Water Unit by
Michael Cundith, 1990.

# 136 Bear mini mal 1997         

Beb's Bug (Surfboards)
1964?
?


Bells Pt. Design
1975?
Backyard manufacture, Victoria?
Bennett Surfboards
Barry Bennett Surfboards

Click the image to access the extended entry for Bennett Surfboards.


Bill Cylmer Surfboards
Sydney
Bill Cylmer - one of the early Australian board and boat builders circa 1955.


See Snow McAlister : Sprint Walker, Solid Wood Boards and Victorian Surfing

Decal  forwarded by Ross Harrison
Rasta Surf Co, November 2015.

Ross noted:
I have just finished restoring a
1959 Bill Clymer Pin Tail Pig.
The board is length 9.11  Width 21.5” Thickness 3 5/8” Nose 15 ½ “ Tail 18”.
Fin style is a Keel with a base of 13” and the depth 7 ½”.
This board was purchased by Peter Lloyd from Melbourne on a trip to Sydney in 1959 where he ordered it custom off Bill Clymer in Brookvale.
Peter had met Bill Clymer previously through the Anglesea Surf Club in Victoria when Bill Clymer lived in Torquay. 



Bill Wallace Surfboards
Wallace Surfboards

Click the image to access the extended entry for Wallace Surfboards.


Bing Surfboards (USA)
1968 – 70
Keith Paull The Foil

BJ Surfboards
The majority of the following important details contributed with many thanks, by David Wilson, January 2011.
1969
Pagewood
Barry O'Rourke- started making boards at the rear of his parents home.
Greg Noyes noted, December 2011: "BJ came from Barry John O’Rourke. 
He called it BJ because BO stood for body odour."
Colin Eagle, shaping (representing Cronulla).
Wayne Williams, shaping (an apprentice plumber in Bondi).
David Wilson- glasser (also working at G&S Surfboards, Carringbah).
Production averaged "15 boards a week in a small garage".
circa 1972
Little Bay /La Perouse
"Barry bought a house near the cemetery in Little Bay /La Perouse and began making foam moulds and
blowing his own foam."
Shaping-
Brad Mayes  and Richard Futcher (friend of Gordon Merchant)
- replacing Colin Eagle (who did not like travelling).
Wayne Williams (also shaping for G&S Surfboards).
David Wilson- glasser (continued working at G&S).
circa 1974
Cleavdon Street, Botany, NSW.
Shapers- Wayne Williams (later at Wilderness Surfboards), Brad Mayes (see Bondi Underground and Brad Mayes Surfboards, below), Richard Futcher.
David Wilson- glasser (1969 to 1979)
Barry O'Rouke sanded, pinlined,sprayed, finish coated, and ran the factory.
Production averaged "25 boards a week and everything was sold by Saturday at 12 o'clock, the boards were top quality and sold for $20 below the average price of the other manufacturers."
Bob Waddell , Bob Hanson, Richard Evans

1977
Kevin McKell and Rob McLaggan

1980
Richard Evans
"Barry went into real estate in 1980 , and gave the factory and business to Richard Evans."

1982
Kris Puckerage

BJ Correspondence (by email, edited):
azza wrote, January 2004:
"... BJ surfboards they actually started in 1974, ... my dad still has his board in our garage that he got made in 1974."

Paul Guy noted, August 2009:
"Bought my first BJ surfboard, shaped by Brad Mayes, in 1974.
I was 17 at the time and it was bought with the pay from 4 weeks of holiday work."

BJ decal, circa 1976, contributed with thanks by Paul, September 2010.

Robert Hook reported in September 2010:
"As I understand it BJ boards was actually started by one Barry O'Rourke out of his parents garage in Pagewood.
I forget the street but am sure I could supply if required.
Richard Evans, thankfully I never could get that guy to make me a board the way I asked him to.
One of the most underrated designer/builders ever born."

David Wilson contributed the above comments in italics, January 2011, and:
"Barry O'Rourke was the owner and a fantastic character ... this guy was unreal, nothing was an obstacle.
Brad, Wayne and myself all agreed, Barry was the best manufacturer we ever worked for.
Barry died of cancer in 2009."

- many thanks to David Wilson, Robert Hook, Paul Guy and azza.


Black Cadillac Surfboards
1982
Gordon and Black 
Blaxell Surfboards,
Scarborough Beach Road, Osbourne Park WA
circa 1971
Tom Blaxell
1973
Chris Young
1976
Rohan Aird;
Alex Korwin
1979
and Darryl Wilkes, Alan Bean and Darb Dirosso; 
In November 2007, Gary McCormick noted (the entry subsequently adjusted):
"Tom Blaxel started manufacturing surfboards in the early 1970's in Scarborough Beach Road, Osborne Park. 
Prior to 1973 Tom was doing most of the shaping and glassing himself. 
He employed Chris Young (Nat's younger brother) in mid 1973 to shape many boards including one for myself for a surfing tour from WA to Qld in January 1974.
I have entered a decal shot including photos of Chris's signature and the board.
Board size was 7'4" x 18" with a single fin , complete with leg rope hole.
Regards
Gary McCormick
State Longboard Representative
Surfing WA Inc / Mullaloo Longboard Club
Perth"
Thanks to Garry for his contributions.



Blaxell decal, circa 1978.
Image by George S., June 2007.

Bliss Sticks Surfboards
1995
?


Blue Pacific Surfboards
1960 -1964 ?
Queensland?
Bluebird Surfboards,
1972 – 1977
PO Box 47 Byron Bay NSW
Bob McTavish

There are are number of boards with dual decals, where Bluebird decal appears in conjunction with  the decal of another manufacturer.
Examples include:
Barry Bennett Surfboards, circa 1972 
SDS  circa 1974, that is Surf Dive and Ski, probably manufactured at Bennett Surfboards.
Sky Surfboards, circa 1977.
East Cape Surfboards, circa 1977 (credited Mac Tavish)
Also a Bluebird model is currently (2010) available in McTavish's foam and Surftech epoxy range.

Click decal to link to Catalogue #215 : Blue Bird Pintail,1986.

# 22 Sky 1980

Blue Spirit Surfboards
1973
Wayne Parkes (NZ).






Bob Brown Surfboards,
1974
Kularoo Drive, Foster NSW
Phone 547-216
Bob Brown;  Rico Rose
1977
and Graham Gantley and Rod Rose;
1979
and Rico Rose and Nev Hines;

Right top:Bob Brown decal, circa 1976,
contributed by Paul, June 2014.

Right bottom: Dolphin decal, circa 1978,
contributed by Harry H., April 2012.

Below: Longboard decal  #90, 1990.












Bob Clapp Surfboards
1962 - 1965
Surfers' Paradise, Queensland.
Bob Clapp.


Decal forwarded with thanks by Jimbo, January 2014.




Bob Margetts Surfboards
1980
Byron Bay.

Decal contributed by snazzy, April 2015.




Bob McTavish Surfboards
1976
Byron Bay.

See: Bob McTavish


Bombora by Nock and Kirby's
1962 - 1965


See Contact Production Boards, 1960s.

Bondi Underground (Surfboards)
1976
Bondi- Manfactured by Emerald Surfboards, Carringbah.
Brad Mayes 
Decal image contributed with thanks by Thomas, Maroubra, August 2009.

Brad Mayes Surf Design
1975
Bondi
Brad Mayes 


Brandon Surfboards
???
1975




Brett Read Surfcraft
12 Ettalong Street Collaroy Plateau, 98-5804.
- Tracks, December 1970, page 14.

Brett Reid Surfcraft Decal, 1971.


Brian Cregan Surfboards
Sussex Inlet?
1976
Brian Cregan




Bronzed Aussie Surfboards
Manufactured by Gordon and Smith Surfboards
Captain Cook Drive Caringbah NSW
1978-1982
Models by team members:
Peter Townend, Ian Cairns, Mark Warren, Cheyne Horan (shaped by Terry Bishop), and Jim Banks.

Click decal to link to Catalogue #84
Bronzed Aussies/Cheyne Horan Double Flyer,1978.

Brothers Neilsen Surfboards,
Also see Neilsen Surfboards
Burleigh Heads Qld
1970
Paul Neilsen
Rick Neilsen
Mermaid Beach Qld
1971
The Down Railer Model
1975

Paul Neilsen, Rick Neilsen;
1976 
Darryl Bulger and Richard Harvey;
1977
and Nev Hyman;
1979
Tony Etherington, Paul and Rick Neilsen, Mark Loveridge and KKK;
1980

Gunther Rohn;

1982
Mark Loveridge
1986
Phil Grace

Bros. Neilsen decals, circa 1974 and 1976.
Images contributed with thanks by Archie Ives, October 2007, February 2008, December 2013.



Brother Sun Surfboards
1972
??


Bruce McKean Surfboards
1971
Mooloolaba, Queensland.
Bruce McKean.

Image  thanks to Mick Mock, Surf Auction, November 2011, #167.


Brute Force Surfboards
1979
Victoria ?
Ross Slaven
Glassed by Peter Ashley



Buddah Stiks Surfboards
?
1974
by Nick and Ray.
Noted: Stinger 6ft 8'' circa 1974 marked for (?) John Moran.

Decal contributed with thanks by Baron T., May 2012. 


Burford Surfboards.
Hayden Burford was one of Adelaide's first surfboard riders. - Walding , page 42.
Don Burford was one of Adelaide's first surfboard builders.
circa 1962 ?
Grange, South Australia.
Grange S.A. Triangle Decal contributed with thanks by  Dick 'Olly' Olesinski
c/- South Port Surf Club. January 2006.

circa 1965 ?
5 Oaklands Road
Sommerton Park, Adelaide, South Australia.
c 1969
Glenelg, South Australia.
Wayne Dale 
- decal image forwarded by Jonno, February 2014.

1972
Gregg Webb

1973
Kym Thomson, Ray Mutch.



By the mid 1970's he had relocated the factory to Queensland's Gold Coast.
1977 
Currumbin Valley Qld
Neil Purchase and Richard Wood; 

1979
Michael Peterson and Neil Purchase;

In the 1980's Burford began large scale blank production.

Images lower right: 
Burford Surfboards decals circa 1972, 1975 and Challenger 1978.
Image contributed with thanks by Eric Bayliss, December 2007.

http://www.surfhistorysouthaustralia.com/don-burford-surfboards.html







Mike Brown (South Australia) added the following (edited) notes to a Burford surfboard he offered on ebay.com.au:
"Don Burford Sufrboards were sold by long time friend, Ron Moir's  Challenger Surfshop in central Adelaide.
When Burford Surfboards were relocated to Currumbin Valley, Queensland, in the early 1970s, the Adelaide Challenger shop continued to retail their boards, including some Michael Peterson designs.
The Hang-gliding decal (above), produced for boards destined for the Challenger shop, was recognition of Ron Moir's role in the introduction of hang-gliding to South Australia.
The decal was later replaced by a simpler, and less obscure, Challenger Surfboards script."
Many thanks to Mike.

Burleigh Heads Surf Company (Surfboards)
Gold Coast, Queensland.
1978
Dick van Sraalen, Dick Harvey
1982

Tony Etherington
1984
Mike Perry

Possibly retailed by the Surf More Surf Shop,

Gold Coast, Queensland.





   






Byrne Surfboards
1977
Wollongong NSW
Laurie Byrne Clinker (twin), Phil Byrne, Dave Byrne, Chris Byrne;
1979
and Terry Cooper;

1979
Shaun Thomson - Instinct, Twin Fin model shaped by Phil Byrne.

Click decal to link to
Byrne Twin Fin,1978, Catalogue #39

1982
Tom Carroll Model
,1982 by Phil Byrne.

Greg Frost.



Twin -fin Clinker Bottom,1981





Byrne, Laurie Byrne Shapes, Pro-6 Systems, and Pro-Finish decals, 1985.






Byrning Spears Surfboards
1983
Allan Byrne
(Previously from New Zealand)
1985
and Thorton Fallander
1988
Wayne Lowden

Decal image, circa 1986, courtesy of Dale Matheson, Scamander Beach Surf Shop, Tasmania, January 2012.






Byron Bay Surfcraft
1977
Byron Bay, NSW

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