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Faith Surfboards
1971 - 1975
"a farm on the Austinville Road, Springbrook" [Coolangatta hinterland, Queensland]
In December 2013, Gordon Merchant forwarded much of the following (edited) information:

Gordon Merchant began his surfing career at Maroubra, Sydney, and by 1964 (?) was working at Jackson Surfboards, Carringbah, where he shaped the Gordon Merchant Model, circa 1965-1967.
In October 1968, he tavelled South Africa, where he worked at Viking Surfboards, Cape Town, alongside local, Robbie Ponting.
Gordon moved from Cape Town to Jeffreys Bay in August 1969, where he built boards by hand, and was later joined by Robbie.
Returning to Australia in early 1970, he left his "few tools and my surfboard templates" with Robbie Ponting at Jeffreys Bay, who continued to built boards there with Kenny Freeland, another worker from Viking Surfboards.

Gordon Merchant returned to Australia in April 1970 and shaped boards for Joe Larkin Surfboards, Kirra, Queensland.
In this period, Joe Larkin Surfboards had a prestigious stable of surfer/shapers including Michael Peterson, Terry Fitzgerald, Peter Townend, Brian Austen, and Graham Black.
While at Larkin's,
Gordon Merchant is accredited, simultaneously with Dick Brewer (Hawaii) and Mike Hynson (California), with the introduction of the "tucked-under-edge," or the soft down rail.

- Warshaw: Encyclopedia (2004) page 381

Gordon began Surfboards by Gordon Merchant in 1971, "on a farm on the Austinville Road, Springbrook," and that year, "Robbie Pointing traveled from South Africa to Perth and hitchhiked from Perth to the Gold Coast, where he lived with me on the farm and we created Faith Surfboards ... a partnership of myself and Robbie in 1971."
Gordon, the shaper, came up with name, and glasser, Robbie, drew the decal.
"In 1972 Robbie returned to Jeffreys Bay where he built Faith Surfboards with Kenny Freeland.
I remained in Australia and built Faith Surfboards until 1975.
There was no license agreement between Robbie and myself we had created the brand together and agreed that I would build Faith boards in Australia and he and Kenny used the Faith brand in South Africa."

As well as building surfboards, Gordon Merchant was one of the first Australians to adopt the legrope and, with his wife, began manufacturing Billabong surf trunks in
1973.

- Baker: Century of Surf (2013), pages 173-174.

Ken Freeland travelled to Australia in the late 1970s, and along with Bob Margetts, Mark Platter, Tony Cerff, and Frank Latta, shaped some of the Mark Richards Surfboards at the Mad Dog Surfboard factory, Byron Bay, circa 1978-1979.

- Many thanks to Gordon for this important information.

He was working for Peter Daniels at Faith Surfboards in JBay

Faith Surfboards

circa 1975
Queensland.
Trevor Payne
Fall Line Surfboards
circa 1985
Mona Vale
Rob Allen
See Nat Young Surfboards
Noted: Mini-Mal design shaped by Mick Dooley.

Also noted, an anonymous report that the Fall Line boards were shaped by "Phil Murry," (sic Murray?).



  

Farfor Paipo Boards
1963
PO Box Portsea Vic
Jamie Farfor
See #193

In the late 1960s, Farfor also produced a line of Skid Boards.

 

Farrelly Surfboards
circa1965
Palm Beach Sydney
1969 March/April? 
Surfing World Vol 11 No 4 Page 38
Ad : Palm Beach Post Office NSW 2108 - Pintail, also Tracker models. 
 circa1969
Harbord Road Brookvale Sydney
Warren Cornish
1972
Mona Vale, Sydney
1977 
West Street Brookvale Sydney
Click the image to access the full entry for Farrelly Surfboards.

Ferris Surfboards
Caringbah
1961

"An advertisement for the Ferris Factory in Caringbah, Sydney announced that one could ‘look like a rider’ in Ferris Bermuda Shorts; ‘feel like a rider’ in a Ferris Rubber Suit and ‘be a rider’ on a new 1962 Ferris Surfboard: Balsa or Poly."

- Paul Scott: Australian Surfing Magazines: The First Wave (1961-1962)
http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:e8FzNGFdjFUJ:live-wirez.gu.edu.au/jea.papers/
Scott.doc+ferris+surfboard&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=au&client=firefox-a


Flash Splash Surfboards
Crystals Surf Shop, Rockingham, W.A.
(095) 28-1770
1977


Flinders Surf Co. (Surfboards)
Flinders Island Vic.
1977 John Wilson
Fluid Foils
1976
Jim Pollard's Design label for Shane Surfboards, circa 1976
Brookvale

Paul Peters

1982

Tony McDonagh

See Shane Surfboards.





Fluid Motion Surfboards

1982?
Mornington, Victoria.

Flying High Surfboards
1982
Forster-Tuncurry
Rodney Rose



1986







FM Surfboards
1982
Torquay, Victoria.
Freddy Mac

Decals contributed by snazzy, April 2015.





Force 9 Surfboards
circa 1978
Taren Point Road Carringbah.
Wayne Roach.
Robert Linddell. 
Brian McKay
Peter Smith - Inner Release Surfboards ,1978-1982

1984
Terry Bishop
Gary Green Model,
shaped by Wayne Roach.

1986
Michael Jackson

1990
The X Designs by Barry Carr

 














Ford Surfboards
1968
??


Formation Surfboards
Narrabeen
1986


Frank Adler
Qld

Frank Latta Surfboards
?
1995


Fred Pyke Surfboards 
For detailed entry see Pyke Surfboards)
1961
Reynard Street Coburg (Backyard)
First board : Bulldog Board
circa 1963
Custom Built Surfboards 578 Sydney Road Brunswick 386571

Right: Fred Pyke Surfboards, Torquay, circa 1974
contributed by Snazzy, October 2011.


Freedom Designs (Surfboards)
1978
Allendale East, South Australia
Free Flight Surfboards
Ballina NSW
circa 1974
Decal top, contributed by Tony, Hawkesnest, NSW, December 2008.
1978 
Phil Myers,
Gunter Rohn

Tony Cerff
Col Smith (Newcastle) Channel Design, see #64.
1986
Hydro-Channel by
Phil Myers.


















Free Fluid Surfboards
1973
Caloundra, Queensland
Reid Brothers: Stephen and Wayne Reid.
Ron Howard.
1977
Mick Grace

Image right contributed with thanks by Eric Bayliss, September 2007.

Caloundra decal,contributed by snazzy, April 2015.








Free Glide Surfboards
Tuggerah, Central Coast, NSW.
1979
John Harris
Peter Lawrence


Freelance Surfboards
Fingal Head, NSW
1977
Bruce Grieg
Freeline Surfboards
Forster, NSW
1988
Neil Wheeler



Free Spirit Surfboards
1977
?

Left: circa 1977
Right circa 1982.

     

Freeform Surfboards
1970-1972
404 Pittwater Road Brookvale 93-7135
-Tracks, November 1970, page 28.
John Haymes and Rod Sumpter.
1972
John haymes
Tim Rodgers

Rob Saunders reports December 2003, with thanks,...
"Freeform surfboards – Made by David Haymes (at least I think his first name was David) at Avalon in the early seventies.
His  business did not last and I bought his decals and other board manufacturing equipment."
See Reef Surfboards

John Haymes reported (edited) in March 2011, with thanks:
"My name is John not David.
Freeform Surfboards began in 1970 and lasted for 2 years when I decided to return to Avalon and the back yard.
It started out as a partnership with Rodney "Gopher" Sumpter and myself.
A year later Rod returned to Cornwall, England where he still resides today.
After returning to Avalon the business thrived on a local market.
However I did get quite a lot of orders from Sydney's Western Suburbs, in particular Pymble and an agent who was a boarder at Knox Grammar.
For every 10 boards he sold he got a new board - I owed him 3 boards at one stage.
Timmy Rogers (later to start Swift Sticks) came to work with me for a couple of years, one of my sponsored surfers was the late Kim "Fly" Bradley.
A few years later I got a real job for a while, the call of the surfboard got to me and I decided to start again under the name of Toy Gun Surfboards.
This time I had a new partner Paul Holmes (editor of Tracks and Surfer magazines and biographer for Dale "Hawk" Velzy).
Paul and I continued for a few more years, then Greg Clough came to shape with me.
I remember Greg turning up early one morning to shape and also tell me he was about to embark in his own business.
I asked him what he was going to call it, the reply 'Aloha Surfboards'.
I wished him luck and advised him that I did not think the name would work.
God, I got that wrong."


Freestyle Surfboards
??
1977 ?


Fresh Juice Surfboards
circa 1972
31 Lefroy Street North Hobart, Tasmania.
Sandy Shaw contributed, May 2006:
"Fresh Juice Surfboards ... I am a 52 year old surfing around Swansea, Tasmania for the last 30 years.
I bought a 7’2” diamond tail 'narra gutted' (?) board from the the manufacturer at  North Hobart in 1972, which I later used on a trip around  Australia. 
Decal was an orange slice."

Decal image contributed by Rob Bourke, September 2010, with thanks.

Freezing hot Surfboards
1988
Taranaki, New Zealand


Friar Tuck Surf Designs
Kneeboards/Surfboards
Brookvale NSW
1977
John Ware and Nick Daly
1979
Peter and John Ware and Craig McDonald ;
1982
Byron Bay NSW, Phone 066 587350
David Parkes, Dale Ponsford 
 
Decals  courtesy Mick Mock, Catalogue No. 4, Sydney Surf Auction
Mona Vale  Hotel, Sydney, 30 October 2005 
   



 

             


  

Fudge Surfboards
?
1967

Image contributed by Eric Bayliss, September 2008.


Full Flight Surfboards
Tilba Tilba, NSW
1982
Peter Collins

Decal image forwarded by gerry.z, November 2013.


Full Force Surfboards
Art and Glassing
5/41 Macninery Drive South Tweed

1980
Dennis Watts

Shape by M. Stra, 1980.





Full Tilt Surfboards

?
1976
Full Zone Surfboards
Machinery Drive, Tweed Heads
1987
Noted:
Creative Fin Systems:Thruster with trailing slot fin, 1987.





Future Shock Surfboards
Cental Coast, NSW
?

1986


Markings noted: 6'2'' x ?     D. or P.  Peters   May '87





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Geoff Cater (1999-2017) : Catalogue : Manufacturer Index - F.
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