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1980 Sky Kneeboard, Designed by George Greenough,  5 ft 8 1/2"

MANUFACTURER: 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, post production wrist rope plug - r/h front.

Length :
 8 1/2
inches L2:
Width :
Wide Point :
Nose :
 16 1/2
Tail :
 17 1/2
Thickness :
 2 1/2
Pod :
 11 1/2
Nose Lift :
Tail Lift :
Weight :
Volume :
Other :

Nose:  full pin nose
Tail:  rounded square
Deck:   flat deep spoon deck
Bottom:  Flat in nose , sight vee to taiDouble concave
Rails: High hull rails in front to down at the tail
Rocker: medium
10" x 6" base x 10''span @ 6 1/2'' 
Laminated fiberglass

1. GEORGE GREENOUGH DESIGN and Plane graphic. Blue, on nose.
Greenough's famous  Curtis P-40 Warhawk  fighter/bomber (May 1940)
Image left.
2. Shaped by Chris Brock in box. Black at pod.
No image.
1. SKY Red and black on the nose. 
Image below..
2. GEORGE GREENOUGH DESIGN and Plane graphic - blue, forward of fin.
Deck: Clear
Bottom: Clear

Dimensions and photographs Sydney Surf Auction,
 Mona Vale  Hotel, Sydney, 30 th October September 2004
Catalogue No. 135 :
SKY SPOON KNEEBOARD c. mid/late 80's
George Greenough design/principles shaped by his good friend, Chris Brock.
Deep 'foam' spoon, double Hull bottom, all clear with repaired dings in water tight condition.
A very important board for collectors and riders. 7/10. Very rare!!
 Catalogue Notes by Mick Mock, PO Box 330 Manly NSW Australia 2095.
 Thanks to Mick Mock.
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, 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 apadpted 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.

Image, above left
George Greenough and Spoon.
Photo 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.
Image above
George Greenough/North coast freefall, circa 1965.
Photograph by Tanya Binning.
First published Surfing World Vol No 196
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
Other Spoons

Jackson, Greenough Spoon 5 ft 10" 

Backyard,  Spoon deck Kneeboard 5ft 6"

Belly Bogger 3ft 7''

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.

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

1. The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun    George Greenough 1970
2.Crystal Voyager     David Elfick   1973


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