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Images couresty of the Bennett Family.
A major manufacturer and supplier across the surf industry, the company maintained a high standard and a quality stable of shapers 1954 - 2001. Barry Bennett started buiding hollow plywood boards in the 1950's at his mother's house in Waverly, South-side, Sydney. In the mid 1950's he moved to the north side of the harbour. The company has always maintained it's strong roots in the Life Saving Clubs, and has been a major manufacturer of surfskis and rescue/paddle boards.One of the Brookvale Five - manufacturers with national sales and reputation in the ten years 1962 to 1972.

195x? 2 Wyndora Avenue Harbord, North-side, Sydney.
Australian Racing Sixteens

One example with decal currently
(June 2001) on display at 188 Harbord Road, Brookvale.

1957
Hollow timber adaptation of the Malibu board
Okinouees

circa 1959 188 Harbord Road Brookvale NSW 93-5157
Barry Bennett; balsa/fibreglassed boards


Barry Bennett's factory, Brookvale, circa 1960.

Photograph by Bob Cooper
Australian Surfers Journal 
Volume 3 Number Two, 
Autumn 2000. 
Page 60.


1960
 
Joe Larkin (leaves 1961 to start Joe Larkin Surfboards at Miles Street Kirra, Queensland).

1963
Bennett travels to California and shapes for Hobie Surfboards and Hansen Surfboards, returning with a knowledge of the latest US production techniques.


circa 1964
developes foam production company, later to be called Dion Chemicals.


1966
Wayne Burton and Ron Grant;


circa 1967
starts Surf Dive and Sea surfshops

1967
Geoff McCoy

1972 
180 Harbord Road Brookvale NSW, , relocated after factory fire.


1970 February, Tom Hoye (USA) shapes first Twin Fin 1 board in Australia

1971
Bob McTavish Tri Fins, Neil Purchase,  Frank Williams (No. 1348: FW), Steve Shaw (No. 0208)

Jim Beardsley
Golden Breed models, Lightning Bolt models; 
 

Image right : Golden Breed decal, 93-5157 93-1152, circa 1974
Photograph Sydney Surf Auction,
Mona Vale  Hotel, Sydney, 30 October 2005  Catalogue No. 87. 
 Thanks to Mick Mock. 
Note the phone number is the same as Bennett Surfboards 

1974
Russell Head; Jim Beardsley (# 5848), Frank Williams, Peter Cornish (# 645 PC).


1976 Nat Young, Bob McTavish, Bill Cilla, John Forster and Dooley;

1977 Russell Head and Steve O’Donnell;

1979 Russell Head and Micky  Mac 


Surfboards by Barry Bennett,
2 Wyndora Avenue Harbord, circa 1958.

Decal image courtesy Mick Mock, 
 Surf Auction, November 2011,  #33.


Surfboard by Barry Bennett,
Harbord Road Brookvale, circa 1959.
Adhesive metal decal.
Image thanks to Mick Mock, 
Surf Auction 2010.

BB, circa 1968.
Image contributed by Shazza, September 2013.

Bennett Surfboards.
Designed and Shaped by Wayne Burton, circa 1968.
Photograph at Sydney Surf Auction, 
Harbord Diggers Club, 
22nd September 2007. 
Thanks to Mick Mock
Bennett Surfboards.
, circa 1971.
Photograph at Sydney Surf Auction, 
Harbord Diggers Club, 
19 October 2008. 
Thanks to Mick Mock

Left:
Bennett Surfboards
Nat Young Surf Design, circa 1971.
Sydney Surf Auction, Harbord Diggers Club, 
22nd September 2007. 
Thanks to Mick Mock.

Right: 
Bennett Surfboards
Nat Young Surf Design, circa 1973.
Decal forwarded by Lex, March 2014.


 Bennett Surfboards Australia
Rainbow graphic decal, circa 1974.
Image contributed by Jim Swinton, July 2006.

Bennett Surfboards, circa 1974. 
Image contributed by Jim Swinton, July 2007.

Lightning Bolt by Bennett Surfboards, circa 1975. 
(R) Lightning Bolt Unltd. Surf Co. Inc. 1972
Image contributed by Jim Snazzy, September 2012.


Barry Bennett Green Fade Diamond, circa 1977.
Decal image contributed with thanks by Snazzy, 
 December 2010.

Peter Cornish Sunflower Design, circa 1977.
Bennett Surfboards.
Image contributed by James Samuels, July 2009.


Bennett Block Text, circa 1983.

Decal supplied by Lex
, March 2014.  

REFERENCES
Magazines
Nick Carroll : The Rock  - A Barry Bennett Profile
Australian Longboarding Magazine  Edition 10 (2000?) pages 24 to 33

Catalogue Entries
1966   Barry Bennett   Malibu   9 ft 5" #169
1963   Barry Bennett   Belly/Knee Board 
     5 ft 1"
1971  Barry Bennett   - 
Bob McTavish Tri fin  6 ft 8"
1972  Barry Bennett   - Round nose round tail  6 ft 10"
1972 
Benett-NatYoung        Pintail 
7 ft 6" 
1976   Barry Bennett   Rounded Pin       7 ft 
1994 Barry Bennett Mini Mal Thruster 7' 2'' Russell Head,

  Advertisement 1972



Edited advertisment to highlight text description of models,
from  Surfing World Vol 16 No. 5 1972.
Images couresty of the Bennett Family

Notes
1. The text apparrently refers to the four boards in the top right hand corner.
2. These boards are shown lying down in the two photographs below.
3. Kneeboards and blue spoon.
4. Clear paddleboard.
5. Oval and circle decal variation.6. Golden Breed decal , fifth board from right, top row.
The design was directly imported to Australia in 1970 by visiting US shaper Tom Hoye  to Bennett Surfboards.

Image right:
Tom Hoye and Twin Fin, Bennett Surfboards, 1970.
Image couresty of the Bennett Family

Photograph Tracks Magazine, 1970, reprinted in Nat: History (1983) page 106. 
Note similar fin box set up to Aurness' Bing model , above.

Before coming to Australia to live in 1969, Mr Hoye made a name for himself as the number one surfer in the United States association District Two-an area covering the west coast of California from Santa Barbara north to the border with Oregon.

Mr Hoye was 15 years old when he started surfing and by 1967/68 had his own business with a reputation as an innovative surfboard shaper.

He retains this reputation among surfers, together with a west coast US accent and Santa Cruz surf pedigree, an area known for its large surf and home to the famous Mavericks surf break.
 

His introduction to Australia was at Dee Why Point, NSW with the first twin fin board in Australia under his arm, together with the then-radical concept of rocker down rails with tucked-under edges.

After coming to Australia, he shaped for Bennett Surfboards in NSW for one year then made the move to Margaret River.

He established a surf shop at Yallingup in 1971 to sell Hoye Surfboards and later manufactured boards on a Cowaramup farm in 1977 when the name changed to Precision Equip surfboards.

He moved to the Margaret River industrial area in 1981 where the business is still based.

- http://margaretriver.yourguide.com.au/detail.asp?class=news&subclass=local&

category=general%20news&story_id=435688&y=2005&m=11

Precision Equip Surfboards
157 Burton Rd, Margaret River, WA 6285
p: (08) 9757 2585

Website - None Supplied.  Email - None Supplied


Decals and Other
Bob McTavish, Tri fin and Dog, Barry Bennett Surfboards, 
180 Harbord Road, Brookvale 1971.
Image couresty of the Bennett Family Achives.
 Photograph uncredited, printed in 
Mike Davis :Design Through Development
in The Best of Tracks 1973.

Image left:
Sydney surfboard industry representatives donate 
surfboards to Australian 
servicemen in South Vietnam, 
July 1966.

Photograph courtesy of 
Dennis McDonagh.


From left to right...
Mr. Platt: Platts Boardshorts, first local surfwear manufacturer.
Denny Keogh: Keyo Surfboards
Colonel P. Trancred: Australian Army.
Scott Dillon: Scott Dillon Surfboards
Bob Brewester: Manly Stor-a-Bord and Bower Boy Surf Wax.
Gordon Woods: Gordon Woods Surfboards
Denis McDonagh: McDonagh Surfboards
Bill Wallace: Wallace Surfboards
Barry Bennett: Barry Bennett Surfboards
Also see photograph: Australian War Memorial (SMT/66/01179/EC)
The photograph was circulated with the following press release:
SMT/66/179/EC                                                                                                                                         July 1966

Nearly $500 worth of surfboard equipment, given by seven manufacturers, was handed over to the Australian Army on behalf troops in South Vietnam, at Victoria Barracks, Paddington, on Wednesday, July 20.

The equipment was received by the Acting Chief of Staff (Colonel P. Tancred).
Pictured receiving the boards, Colonel Tancred thanks Denis McDonagh (McDonagh Bros Surf Boards Pty Ltd, Harbord Road, Brookvale) , on behalf of the manufacturers.

The manufacturers with their gifts from the left are,
Messrs Lance Platt (L. and J. Platt, Surfrider Board Shorts, of Foam Street, Harbord),
Danny Keogh (Keogh Surf Boards Pty Ltd., of Sydenham Road, Brookvale) ,
Scott Dillon (Scott Dillon Surf Board Pty Ltd, of Vlinbourne Road, Brookvale),
Bob Brewster (Manly Surf Shop and Stor-A-Bord, Pittwater Road, Manly),
Grodon Woods (Gordon Woods Surf Boards Pty Ltd, Harbord Road, Brookvale),
Bill Wallace (Wallace Surf Boards, Winbourne Road, Brookvale),
Barry Bennett (Barry Bennett Surf Boards pty Ltd, Harbord Road, Brookvale).

Text courtesy of Dennis McDonagh.



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Geoff Cater (1999-2014) : Catalogue : Barry Bennett Surfboards.
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