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J Surfboards
1990
John Gillis





Jack Knight Surfboards
circa 1973
Jack Knight

Sold out of his parents milk bar at Manly and  particularly popular at North Steyne and Queenscliff.

Jack shaped them from mid 70's until he moved to the Central Coast in the early 80s.
  -contributed by Rob Tebble, July 2005.

Jack Knight shaped for McGrigor Surfboards, circa 1976.




Jacko Surfboards
1965
48 Dyson Street South Perth
Riverdale WA
1968
146 Gerong (?) Road Riverdale WA
1972
8 Claude Street  Riverdale WA
Decal right, courtesy of George J., November 2011.
1977
John Jakovich
 




Jacks Surfboards
1975
???




Jackson Surfboards.

Click decal for detailed entry.

Jam Surfboards
1978
???
Peter Dewar

Decal forwarded by Sam88, June 2014.


[Cansdell and] Jackson Surfboards
1958
Nth Wollongong NSW
Brian Jackson and Ron Cansdell
This factory was taken over by Wollongong surfer, John Skipp.
See Skipp Surfboards

1962

Jackson and Cansdell Surfboards
59 The Bouvevade, Caringbah
See Jackson Surfboards


Jay Bee Surfboards
circa 1960
943 South Road St. Marys South Australia
Hollow timber surfboards and surf-skis.

1964
1301 South Road St. Marys South Australia

Phone 761571
Bert Bedford
Trevor Lyall 

http://www.surfhistorysouthaustralia.com/jaybee-surfboards.html


Jay Bee Ski, 1960


Jay Bee: Mack Custom Surfboard, 1965


Jay Bee Ski, 1960

Jaybee by Bert Bedford, 1964

Jaybee Wave,1964

Jay Dee Waters 
1974
Central Coast, NSW (?)
'Hand Crafted by Grant Byrne'
Decal image contributed with thanks by Eric B., May 2011.

Jensen Surfboards 
1985 
?
Thomas? 


Jet Surfboards 
circa 1979 
Byron Bay 
Dennis Anderson.
Michael Cundith
Tony Cerff
Peter Dewar
Gunther Rohn
Bruno "Buzz" Buzzolan

Glassing: John Hannerbry
Gloss: Rick Henry
1982

Frank Latta - Simon Anderson 3 Fin Thruster
Latta had just left the Energy factory at Brookvale and, with Simon's approval,  produced a number of Thrusters with the Simon Anderson 3 Fin decals at San Juan and Jet Surfboards, Byron Bay.

    





   







Jim Banks Surfboards 
1986
Cronulla- Taren Point?


Jim Pollard Surfboards 
1974
Maroochydore, Queensland.
Phone: 455546
Jim Pollard.

Also see Pollard Surfboards.

Top: Seascape decal, black with some minor hand-colouring, 1974 [adjusted].

Images contributed with thanks by Eric Bayliss, March 2009 and April 2014.


Shaped by Pollard 1975, below, contributed by sammi.2, August 2014.

     



Joe Larkin Surfboards
1961
28 Miles Street, Kirra Qld 
Shaping : Bob Ryan (Boganbar Bob) and own model.
Glassing (and shaping?) :Joe Larkin
... ex- Barry Bennett Surfboards

1962
Shield Decal as foil adhesive.

1964
Joe Larkin is Queensland team manager to the World Contest, Manly.

1965
Shaper : Brian 'Furry' Austen (later Goodtime Surfboards)
Glasser : Peter Thomas - "better than Cooper."
Sander/Glasser : Vic Preston
Guard dog : Jim Spriggs

1966
Long diamond decal, see image below.


Joe Larkin and Friend, Kirra circa 1962.
Beyond The Green Room, page 25.


Joe Lakin Surfboards Factery, Kirra, 1962. 
- Jennar: Surfer'sTextbook, page 78.
Surfboard Styled by Joe Lakin.
Shield Decal, circa 1963.
Peter Turner Collection.
Photograph : Andrew Sheild
ASL, June 1999. Issue 129 page 43.

1969
Shapers : Graham Black, MP, Terry Fitzgerald, Gordon Merchant, Peter Townend,
Black Tracker - Graham Black Model
1970
Gold Label - Special Custom Model byBrian Austen ..."our top shaper" .

circa 1973
Business closed.

Undated Shapers : Darrell "Rooster" Dell, Garry Birdsall, Mick Dooley, Andrew Mc Kinnon, Michael Peterson.
Undated Workers : Dave McDonald

Reference : Mal Sutherland and Bevan Bache : Legend Larkin (Joe  Larkin Profile)
Pacific Longboarder 2003  Vol 7 #1 pages 36 to 45.

Right :
Michael Peterson and Larkin Surfboard, Bells Beach, circa 1970.
Photograph : Alby Falzon, Tracks Magazine ?

Joe Larkin Surfboards
Long diamond decal, 
circa 1966.
Decal image by Scott Anderson. 

Joe Larkin Surfboards
Scroll decal, 
circa 1968.
Decal image contributed by Jim Swinton, February 2006. 

Johanna Surfboards
1974
Beach Forest, Victoria.
Mordy Surf Shop
628 Main Street, Mordialloc, Victoria.


John Arnold Surfboards 
142 Gawler Place Adelaide S.A.
1958
John Arnold

John Arnold Surfboards started in South Australia in the late 1950s and, principally through licensing O’Neill  Wetsuits (USA), was a major company in the 1960s surf industry. 

Early foam boards reported to be made at Bennetts at Brookvale  before SA production.
- Interview with John Arnold in Tracks, October 1976.

Late 1969
Wayne Lynch, Wayne Dale and Sig Kwiatkowski.
I assume Dale and Kwiatkowski were responsible for the production boards, including the Wayne Lynch International Involvment (note the incorrect spelling) model.

Note: Sig Kwiatkowski was previously recorded as "Sid".

In May 2008 Nic Kwiatkowski noted via email:
"You had an details there regarding Sid Kwiatkowski, actually it should be Sig Kwiatkowski - short for Sigmundt Kwiatkowski, my father or Ziggy as he uses now."
All the references to Sig have since been revised.




Late 1969
Les Purcell - contributed, with thanks, by Les Purcell.
Barry Young
Billy Johnson

1970
Wayne Lynch and Wayne Dale ('designers')
Boards avilable in "All states of Australia -  East and West coast USA - England - France."
These overseas boards may have been made under lisence.
See  #103 and #225

John Arnold Surf Creations, circa 1972.
Left:
JA Surfboards, circa1967.
John Arnold ?, circa 1969.
Decals contributed with thanks
by snazzy, April 2015.
Image courtesy of Jo-Jo, December 2013.

http://www.surfhistorysouthaustralia.com/john-arnold.html


Right: JA Custom Belly-Board
Decal on +10ft Malibu, circa 1966 (?)
Courtesy of Wayne Herbert, South Africa, September 2016.




 




Several decal images provided by
Chris Jones, Adelaide 

and Stanley's Surf Decals (US) during 2088

Shaper Design John Arnold Surf Shop,
circa 1967.

Image courtesy of Muzza, June 2012.


John Arnold Surfboard, circa 1973.



John Arnold Surf Design, circa 1971.
Image courtesy of Mick Mock,
Sydney Surf Auction 2010.


Custom Shaped by Sig Kwiatkowski, circa 1965.

John Arnold Surf Shop, circa 1965.


John Arnold Surf Shop, circa 1976.
Image courtesy of Andrew/Red, January 2017.


Jonathan Apple
1974
Cronulla.


John Barnes Surfboards
Queensland ?
Image contributed with thanks by Eric Bayliss, November 2007.

John Colin Stewart Surfboards
???
1971
John Collin Stewart
John Grace Surfboards
???
19713
John Grace


John Harris Surfboards
5 Grevillea Street, Byron Bay
(066) 656 736

1990
John Harris




John Holmes Surfboards
Mermaid Beach Qld :
1979
Alan Kempish and Mike Jessop
John Monie Surfboards

Erina, Central Coast.
Phone Gosford 67220
1971
- Tracks, February/March 1971, page?
Johnny Rhodes Surfboards

Croydon Street Cronulla
1962 ?
Inculded in Surfabout Magazine List of Manufacturers, circa 1962-1963, Volume 1 Number 5 page 16.
Johnny Rhodes and Tony Nichols Surfboards
1964? 
Cronulla Surf Shop
77  Gerrale Street Cronulla, Sydney 
maddock wrote, January 2004...
John Rhodes, a local Cronulla surfboard maker. 
He shaped my first new board in 1962.
Thanks to maddock.
Image below...
Detailed stringers by John Rhodes/Tony Nicholas Sufboards,
circa 1966
# 127 John
                Rhodes/Tony Nicholas, 1966


John Saffron Surfboards
1959?
50 Townsend Rd Whittington Geelong 51294
Reported by Leo Doyle, 26 January 2005 :
Have seen a Saffron Balsa pig so he went back into the 50’s – not quite sure but think he drowned in the 60’s.
Ross Harrison,  Rasta Surfboards reported July 2005...
John Saffron definitely made balsa boards in the early sixties.
I have spoken to a few guys that ordered them through the Geelong Colledge where he had connections.
I also checked out one for sale over 10 year ago.
I knew quite well the local head surgeon at Geelong Hospital, and John suffered a heart attack whilst surfing his favorite break down at 13th Beach Barwon Heads.
He had been treated for drowning and not initially dianosed with the heart attack.
Good to see he made the list, great boardmaker.

Images by Leo Doyle, August 2005.
Fin 

John Skipp Surfboards
24 Flinders Street Wollongong NSW
1973
John Skipp
See Skipp Surfboards


Joose Surfboards
[Johnson Original Ocean Surfing Equipment]
Central Coast

1977
"Beaver" Johnson

Images contributed, with thanks, by 
Simmo, February 2014.

 

Jon H. Wilson Surfboards 
circa 1974?
Victoria 
Phone 783-3646.
Jon Wilson
Phil Grace



When Jon Wilson Surfboards joined Flinders Surfing Company in 1974 they Created Balin Surfboards
In 1985 the business was taken over by Peter White (Now Classic Malibu - Noosa) and Bruce (Bean) Fewings. Currently Bean has stores located in Tootgarook and Sorrento and the manufacturing of handcrafted BALIN boards are now being shaped at the shaping sheds in Gunnamatta.
http://www.balinsurfboards.com.au/history.html




 

Jon Skinner Surfboards
1973?
Phone: 20 5303
Jon Skinner

Jonathon Apple Surfboards
1975
Cronulla NSW
Decal image contributed, with thanks, by 
Tim, Victoria, April, 2014.

Jumbuck Surfboards
1985
?


Julian Rocks - Byron Bay Surfboards
1973?
Bob McTavish

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Geoff Cater (1999-2017) : Catalogue : Manufacturers - J.
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