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1968  Wayne Lynch Double Ender  8 ft 2" 

MANUFACTURER: John Arnold Surfboards, 142 Gawler Place Adelaide South Australia
SHAPER:  Wayne Lynch (?)
DESIGN: Double Ender: Wayne Lynch Involvment.
DESIGNER: Wayne Lynch
Stringerless, Volan glassed with marbled knee-patch, Waveset fin.

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Nose: semi-pin
Tail:  round 
Deck:   rolled 
Bottom:  flat? 
Rails: 50/50 tending down in the tail 

Waveset box and fin
Greenough Stage III, orange,12" (est.)
Leg-rope hole in the base.

Deck: Large Wayne Lynch Involvment at front sweet spot, above. 
Deck:   B.B.S.S. 8' 2"   971 W. LYNCH - pencil on blank. 
Deck: clear 

Mike Brown Collection

Found  out  it  was  made  obviously  at  John  Arnolds  Surf Shop  and  that  it  was  a  collaboration with  Wayne  and  Wayne  Dale.
The  board  was  sent  to  Bells Beach Surf Shop  to  Claw  and  Brian  Singer
And  they  made  copies  of  it  to  sell  under  the  early  Rip Curl  Branding ... One  early Rip Curl Decal  shows  the  Surf Shop  Name
Strangely  No  mention  of  JA  at  all  on  the  board.
Previous  owner’s  Nephew  “apparently”  showed  it  to  Wayne  a  while  back  in  Byron  where
He  identified  it  as  his  shaped  surfboard  But  said  he  didn’t  glass  it....
 All  sort  of  tied  in   BUT    maybe  just  a  bit  more Folklore...........

Many thanks for the photos, it certainly is an impressive board.
Very similar to the JA marked Wayne Lynch   7' 9"   1007 
At 8ft 2" and number 971, your board probably shaped a month on two earlier (?).
Previous  owner’s  Nephew  “apparently”  showed  it  to  Wayne  a  while  back  in  Byron  where he  identified  it  as  his  shaped  surfboard.
But  said  he  didn’t  glass  it. (??!!??)
All  sort  of  tied  in   BUT  maybe  just  a  bit  more Folklore...
Hard to question Mr Lynch's memory, but in a personal interview (Gerringong NSW, 10 March 2005) Wayne noted that while boards of this period regularly have pencil markings with his name, these does not confirm that a board was shaped by himself.
a  collaboration with Wayne  and  Wayne  Dale
Apparently most of the Lynch boards were shaped by Wayne Dale, or Sig.
The  board  was  sent  to  Bells Beach Surf Shop  to  Claw  and  Brian  Singer
And  they  made  copies  of  it  to  sell  under  the  early  Rip Curl  Branding
This was recalled by the previous owner? Adelaide?
Very interesting, feasible but ideally should be confirmed by Claw or Brian.
Strangely  No  mention  of  JA  at  all  on  the  board.
Unusual, but not unprecedented- glassers often cut or trimmed the decals to create a different look.
Lastly, the fin is very nice ... any idea if it is Waveset, or less likely Safeset?

Thanks  for  your  reply  Geoff    yes  its  another  interesting  board  with  a  “Story”  to  tell .
Ive  said  the  same  about  contact  with  Claw  or  brian  as  well

The collaboration  between  the  Waynes   came  up  recently  with  one  of  JA’s workers  who  said  When  Lynchy  came  over  he  would  only  hang  around  and  then  take  off  to  the  West Coast  surfing
With  Wayne  Dale  and  a  few  others  ....The  Fin  setup  is  an  excellent  condition  Waveset  and  Box  System    An  impressive  board  alright  ...Now  how  does it  go
All  the  best  over  there  in  Sydney  Stay safe  Mike


John Arnold Surfboards

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.

An advertisement for John Arnold Surfboards, late 1969 lists the shapers as Wayne Lynch, Wayne Dale and Sig Kwiatkowski.
I assume Dale and Kwiatkowski were responsible for the production boards.
An J.A. advertisement late 1970 notes the 'designers' as Wayne Lynch and Wayne Dale and they are available in "All states of Australia -  East and West coast USA - England - France".
Export models were often fitted with fin boxes to facilitate freighting, first with Waveset (one USA circa 1969 example noted, August 2008) and later Simplex fins and boxes.
A Klemm-Bell Surfboards, Torquay, advertisement for mid-late 1971 offers "Wayne Lynch Hand Shapes and
Presumably by now the contact with John Arnold Surfboards had ceased.

Wayne Lynch
Said to have single handedly revolutionised backhand surfing, Wayne Lynch won the European Title in 1968, the Australian Junior Men’s Title 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970, and the Bells Beach Junior Title 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.
After an outstanding competitive record as a junior, began shaping circa 1967, see below.
He starred in Paul Witzig’s films Evolution 1968 (Wayne Lynch rides at least seven different boards in this film, shot in about12 months; illustrating the rapid design changes in this period) and Sea of Joy 1971.

An excellent example of this design in near original condition by one of Australia’s most famous surfers.
Note that "Invovlment" is spelt  incorrectly on the decal and in advertising copy, it should be Involvement.

Other John Arnold Surfboards
Recorded pencil markings indicate the progressive reduction in length of 16'' from 1968 to 1970:
B.B.S.S. 8' 2"   971 W. LYNCH (this board)
Wayne Lynch   7' 9"   1007
WAYNE LYNCH 7'1"   1603 David Grimshaw

6' 4"  WAYNE LYNCH  2416 

Carter: Surf Beaches (1968), Cover photograph of Wayne Lynch and Keith Paull (going right).
Paull was the 1968 Australian champion, Lynch the Junior champion.
Young: Nat’s Nat (1998) page 177, and following.
Walding: Surf-o-rama (2008) pages 42 to 45.

Advertisement: Surf International 1969 Vol 2 #6.

Film :
Evolution 1968 Paul Witzig
Sea of Joy 1971. Paul Witzig
On Any Morning  1974  David Sumpter, 
Fall Line 1979  Nat Young, 
CONDITION: 9, shame about the plug.

Early Wayne Lynch shaped board, circa 1967- possibly the first.
Are You Experienced-Jimi Hendrix influenced art work by Simon Buttershaw.
7 ft x 23 inches @ 12 inches
Nose 17 inches. Tail 17 3/4 inches
Features : Full Vee bottom, deepest at tail. Chamfered diamond tail.
Note : Small square tail is obscured by grass.
Fin appears to be in a box (unusual for the period), or reset, or non-original.
Image cropped and digitally manipulated from
Australian Long Boarding Number 19 January/February 200? page 59
Photograph by Bob Smith

Scanned photograph is a rare early shot of Wayne Lynch, circa 1965
Probably Barrie Sutherland
from Pollard, Jack (ed.) :Ampol’s Sporting Recordspage 607.
Needs to be bigger.-ed.
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Geoff Cater (2021) : Wayne Lynch Involvment, 8ft 2'' 1968.