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1979 George Greenough Design Kneeboard, Shaper: Chris Brock   5 ft 6 1/2"

MANUFACTURER: (Probably) at Sky Surfboards  69 Shirley Street Byron Bay 2481 ph. (066) 85 6037
SHAPER: Chris Brock
DESIGN:  Kneeboard
DESIGNER:  George Greenough

 Foam blank, 1/8" redwood  stringer, spray decor, finbox, left hand leg rope plug.
Length :
 6 1/2
L2: 5ft
5 3/4''
Width :
Wide Point :
Nose :
 19 3/4
Tail :
Thickness :
 2 3/4
Pod :
Nose Lift :
Tail Lift :
Weight :
Volume :
Pod2 :
 +2 1/2

Nose:  full pin nose
Tail:  rounded square
Bottom:  Flat in nose , Double concave (Tri plane Hull) sight vee to tail
Rails: High hull rails in front to down at the tail
Rocker: medium
8 1/2" x  4 1/4" base x 11 1/2''span @ 6 1/2'' 
Laminated fiberglass.
Rear screw hole.
Finbox (image below).
14'' @ 8''.

GEORGE GREENOUGH DESIGN semi-circle in yellow and black at sweet spot.
Greenough's famous  Curtis P-40 Warhawk  fighter/bomber (May 1940) graphic - black at nose.
Deck: Shape by Chris Brock Black pencil at pod.
Bottom: 0111368 - pencil at the pod.
Deck: Light yellow spray
Bottom: Light yellow spray, red pinlines around finbox.

Board added to surfresearch collection April 2008.
There was no provenance from the seller.
Originally based on a spooned deck balsa wood kneeboard, the Greenough Flex Spoon (Velo 1) was molded off the bottom and then had foam block rails added.
This construction method was not followed by other manufacturers - a full blank was shaped with a thin foam base that was removed after laminating the bottom.
First used in Australia in 1965, George Greenough's performance had a huge impact on many Australian designers.

The design was given exposure in the surf media as was George Greenough's surfing and surf photography.
Many manufacturers made copies of the design and the intensive glassing requirements required a premium price.
The most recognised models were produced by at Hayden Surfboards Caloundra Queensland, featuring Greenough's dramatic Fighter Plane decal, see below.

The design peaked in popularity around 1970 with the release of George Greenough's The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun  -  featuring some his surfing on Spoon and inflatable mat (see #66) but most famously included on-board footage of radical performance surfing and serious tube rides.
Because the high performance capabilities of the design were only achievable in quality waves and the low floatation meant that only the most fit riders were able to catch waves, in Australia by 1973 the design was largely supplanted by Peter Crawford's Slab design, circa 1969, see # 83.

Initially Peter Crawford simply filled in the spooned deck to greatly increase floatation and expand the wave range, but over a long life the Slab was adapted with a range of rail shapes and fin configerations, see # 58.
In the USA the Fish was a notable alternative in kneeboard design.

Greenough's extreme design was attempted to be recreated in stand up boards, most infamously by Nat Young at Gordon Woods Surfboards in 1965, see The Nautilas.
Although this board was a failure, George Greenough's fin design was to have a huge impact on Australian surfboards and by 1968 almost every fin bore some relationship to Greenough's high apsect template.

In 1967 Midget Farrelly, Bob McTavish and other shapers in Sydney developed a short deep vee bottomed board that had strong elements of George Greenough's influence, see # 26.

George Greenough/North coast freefall, circa 1966.
Photograph by Tanya Binning.
First published Surfing World Vol No 1968?
This cropped version from Margan and Finney , page 310.

The most outstanding photograph of committed high performance 
surfing up to this date, this level of performance was probably 
not achieved by stand up surfers for another ten years.

George Greenough and Spoon.
Photograph  by ?
Caloundra, Queensland 1966.
"Far Out Flexible Surfboard... 
the wave of the future"
by Eric Blum as told to Al Lees.
Popular Science magazine 
August 1969, page 92.
Other Kneeboard Spoons

Jackson, Greenough Spoon 5 ft 10" 

#76 Jackson/Greenough Spoon, bottom 1973 
Ron Wade Spoon 4ft 8''

Backyard,  Spoon deck Kneeboard 5ft 6"

#76 Jackson/Greenough Spoon, bottom 1975
Ron Wade Molded Spoon,  4ft 10''

Belly Bogger 3ft 7''

Sky Kneeboard 5 ft 8 1/2" 
George Greenough Design 
Shaped by Chris Brock 

See Paipo Catalogue for other Kneeboards.

Other Sky Surfboards
#23  Sky Mini Mal

Popular Science magazine
"Far Out Flexible Surfboard... the wave of the future" by Eric Blum as told to Al Lees
August 1969 pages 92 to 95.

Bob McTavish : 'Bout a Spoonful.
Bob McTavish's eight easy steps to (Greenough) Spoon building.
Surfing World Magazine  Volume 24 Number 4 January-February ?  1977, 
pages   64 - 65.

The Australian Surfer's Journal
''Moving Forward - A Greenough Scrapbook 1960 - 1970''
Vol.2  No.2 1999 Pages 76-77, 84, 86-87.

Films by and/or featuring George Greenough:
1. The Endless Summer Bruce Brown1966
“Still others like a short bellyboard (sic) and a long ride like George Greenough at Santa Barbara, California” – Bruce Brown in the introductory sequence to The Endless Summer.
2. The Hot Generation   Paul Witzig 1967 (May).
3. Children of the Sun Andy McAlpine1968
4. Fantastic Plastic Machine, Eric Blum 1969
5. The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun  George Greenough 1970
6. Crystal Voyager  Alby Fazon   1973
7. Dolphin Glide George Greenough 2002

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