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John Witzig :  Australian Championships, Bells Beach, 1967.

Witzig, John:  Involvement at Bell's Beach
Volume 8 Number 4  September 1967, pages 60-67.

Copy courtesy of Graham Sorensen Collection.

The editorial, Pulps and Pot Surfing Problems by Patrick McNulty, is unreadable in this copy.

Breakthrough: The Paddle-Out Entry (take-off) by Robert "Nat " Young and The Skeg-First Takeoff by David Nuuhiwa, pages 33-37.

We're Tops, Too by "Bahama Pat" Moloney, pages 38-39.
East coast correspondent invites Australians to Long Beach or Long Island, New York, to meet some genuine power surfers.

AAA Oceanside Invitational
1. Mike Purpus, 2. Corky Carroll, 3. Mark Martinson, 4. David Nuuhiwa, 5. Skip Frye.
Outstanding Ride: David Nuuhiwa, page 41.

Although accredited on the contents page, John Witzig does not get a by-line for his article.

This advertisement by Morey-Pope as a instance where promotion produces an fascinating technical analysis of surfboard rocker, as good as any article of the period.
Integral to the text is the creation of a wave model by the reader, by bending the bottom corner of the page over to a printed mark.
The arrows indicate the graduation in the curve of the wave face, from "top to bottom" Sunset beach to "bearly rideable" Waikiki.
The scale is reproduced here on the right hand side of the page, the dots approximate the relative spacing.
Unfortunately the intended wave model does not take the required shape when the printed mark is used, it should be perhaps higher up the page.

The author appears to avoid any comment on big-wave gun design by noting that, somewhat inaccurately, "the distances between radical changes in the curve of the wave are considerably more than the length of the board."

Hobie Surfboards, Corky Carroll tests experimental stringerless model (later released as the Flexible), page 2.
Slipcheck, Nuuihwa: I Slipchecked the whole deck, the most famous image associated with the product, page 3.
G&S Surfboards, Skip Frye, Mike Hynson, and Midget Farrelly Stringerless modesls, page 4.
Weber Surfboards, New Performer with 3 scoop options and 3 nose and tail widths, pages 6-7.
Grip (spray wax) and Competition Surfing Wax, World Surfing Products, page 9, page 14.
Morey-Pope, Natural Rocker, page 18.
Severson's Great Surfing, $5.95, page 21.
Control (spray wax), Con Surfboards, page 29.

Page 60
Battle it Out for Australia's top spot... .

Page 61

Bob McTavish drops in at Bell's Beach, Australia, for shot two of the sequence turn the page ...

[McTavish did not surf in the contest]

Page 62
Involvement was the name of the game- total involvement- in what may well have been the greatest contest surf of all time.
It was the Red Baron against the Blue Max in a fierce surfing dog fight.
It was consistently beautiful 10- to 15- foot swells crackling with precision explosions off the point at Bells Beach.
It was a great example of the Australian theory of surfing involvement that has raised the sport to a new pinnacle.
It was the Australian National Championships.

Imagine Robert "Nat" Young, the world champion, ripping these beautiful waves in a savage battle with his not-so-friendly rival Bernard "Midget" Farrelly, the first world champion.
And then there was Peter Drouyn finishing with such a rush on the final day's competition that the nine judges had a difficult time sorting out the winners.
But when the final tallies were marked up on the board, it was Nat Young, nicknamed the Blue Max because he was wearing a blue wet suit ,who was in the number one position.
Drouyn was number two, a scant two points ahead of Farrelly, the Red Baron in his red wet suit.

The finalists were Young, Farrelly, Bob Brown, Keith Paul (sic) and Ted Spencer, all from New South Wales; and, of course, the up-and-coming Drouyn, the Queensland and National junior champion, who has moved up to the senior division.
Commented Ray Young, the Aussie team manager:

"Surfers will talk about this final. for a long time, as it fast developed into a real dog fight. .. A new combatant had entered the scene to rival the Red Baron and Blue Max-the Green Hornet, Peter Drouyn, so named after his green wet suit.

"Keith Paul (sic) put on what must have been his best display, and I rated him in the first three.
However, the nine judges did not see it this way.

"After twenty minutes, the pattern was set.
Nat was surfing hard, pulling off some unbelievable stuff, but a lot of this was marred by his "dropping in," and he lost valuable points by this.
Midget again rode safely, occasionally becoming: aggressive, but not enough to get on top."

The fantastic surfing display at Bells Beach underscored why the Australian surfing has so far surpassed the American style. Perhaps one reason is the Aussie boards: they're short (9' to 9'3", fat (22" to 23'') and thin (2 1/2" center razor rails) boards.
But it's the style that makes the difference- the Australians stick close to that curl, and the accent is on the crouch.
In the words of top Australian surf theorist Bob McTavish, "In, around, on top of, and in the curl" is the trade-mark of the great Australian surfing.

Page 63

Photograph: Bob McTavish - Bell's Beach - totally involved!  Shot two of the sequence by John Witzig.

Page 64
 Robert "Nat" Young arches under the soup at Bell's.
Photo: Albert Falzon.

Cropped version of
Masterful Bottom Turn - Nat Young, Bells Beach, 1967.
Photograph: Alby Falzon

Surfing World
Volume 9 Number 1 
April-May 1967, page 21.

The Australian Championships over Easter also showed that the Australians should be in power for a long time- the junior surfers were simply outstanding.
Wayne Lynch of Victoria really had his hands full battling a host of high Australian performers, who all exemplified the total involvement of the Australian surfing scene.
Lynch edged out Butch Cooney, who was handicapped because someone had stolen his surfboard the night before the finals. Third was Kevin Parkinson.

The Australian Championships were set up on the "movable contest" idea that the Australians had seen in action at the World Championships at San Diego last October.
However, as it turned out, the waves at Bells Beach could not be surpassed- many veterans said they were better than anything they'd ever seen in the surfing world, including Sunset Beach in Hawaii.

Both Young and Farrelly- who make no secret of their dislike of each other- had high praise for young Peter Drouyn in their respective surfing columns in Sydney newspapers.

Young, writing in the "Sunday Telegraph," said he was happy that Drouyn had such a good showing "because it proves that there are no biased decisions by our judges and that our judging system is the best in the world.

Page 65

Photographs: (Above) Nat Young drives across a fabulous glass wall on his way to the Chamionship. Photo: Falzon.
 (Below) John "Nipper" Williams plays it tight at Bell's Beach near Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Albert Falzon.

Page 66

Advertisement: Ramsey Jay Surfboards.

Page 67

Photographs: (Above) An Australian performer outraces a slick Bell's wall on his way to the Chamionship. Photo: Falzon.
 (Below) Butch Cooney bottom turns under the powerful soup. Photo: Falzon.

Farrelly in his column stated:
"Nat Young came away with the first placings in the men's division, and he rode well, impressing the judges with his positioning on the bigger waves, and especially with his maneuvers in the white water.
But for my money, Peter Drouyn stood out for his powerful bottom turns- a dangerous competition maneuver in big surf- and his ability to go through sections inside the waves without grabbing a rail."

Farrelly had nice things to say about the Australian judging system, although he was not as high in praise as was Young.
Commented Farrelly:

"The judging system, although not completely flawless, was a vast improvement over previous competitions.
It's good to see the standard of Australian competition and judging improving."

In the women's division, Gail Couper retained her crown, with Lyn Stubbins second and Viv Campbell third.
Commented photographer Albert Falzon, a veteran observer of the Australian surf scene:

"The finals of the competition had six top surfers extracting every possible point from each ride.
The competition was so fierce and the standard of riding so high, I found it impossible to separate the placings.

Page 3
David Nuuhiwa says:
"They didn't have Slipcheck when I was a kid.
I used to slip a lot. 
The warm Hawaiian water melted the wax and it oozed under my feet. 
When I came to the Mainland, I found that cold water hardened the wax and made it slick.
Slip check solved the problems. 
I Slipchecked the whole deck of my new lightweight (All these colors weigh less than a bar of wax). 
I use plenty of wax over the Slipcheck in the places where I lie and shuffle around. The millions of Slip check grains hold the wax like teeth and keep it from rubbing off.
Slip check red or black used as a base under the wax keeps it rough in very cold water. 
Clear, White, and Yellow Slipcheck keeps wax cool in hot weather. 
For the nose and tail I still use pure Slipcheck without wax. 
It gives me great footing, just like it did a year ago when I first began using it.
When your board is slippery, you just can't get hot. 
Use genuine Slip check for professional texture.
To learn about the exact Slipcheck methods and patterns used to increase the performance of your board; write, enclosing $1, for our paper, "Grip, Lift, and Drag."

Page 4

Page 18
Morey-Pope Advertisement:
Natural Rocker
Less kick in the nose; more lift aft puts you in the pocket.

[From the top: The New Standard, the Blue Machine, the Penetrator, the tails are to the left.]
Page corner
Breaks top to bottom
Sunset Beach, 
medium tide, 12 ft. plus.
On large wave boards with relatively
little rocker work well; the distances 
between radical changes in the curve 
of the wave are considerably more than the length of the board.
3/4 break
Honolula Bay, Rincon,
low tide 5-8 ft.
You won't make these waves if the rocker
in your board is extreme but strong rocker
in the tail will keep you in the pocket.
Breaks top to center.
Malibu, Virginia Beach, 
medium tide, 3-7 ft.
moderate rocker in the tail improves 
maneuvering and control.
Very, very slight rocker near the nose
tends to improve noseriding.
Wave crumbles or feathers gently 
Matanchen, Doheny.
low tide up to 4 ft.
Noseriding possible if nose has absolutely no kick.
Wave stands up but doesn't break 
(bearly rideable)
Waikiki, San Onofre (typical beaches) 
high tide 1-4 ft.
Straight in riding on longboards is all that is possible on slopes this low.
Absolute minimum rocker is best.

Wave shape was used to determine natural rocker. 
Hold the lower left corner of this page down (folded loosely) against the A mark below. 
Then look across the page into the paper wave that is formed.

You've just constructed a simplified model of what we call the Master Template. 
The gray lines represent the flow of water running up the face of the wave.
A close look at the model reveals a number of facts:

1. The maximum hollowness found in waves varies greatly from beach to beach and tide to tide.
2. The face of the wave curves in when it breaks. 
As a result a surfer in the pocket can actually ride slightly out to sea if his board is bent in tight enough.
3. The hollowness of a makeable wave diminishes from curl to flat shoulder rather quickly.

The model is used here primarily to show that a wave always has more curve where you've been than where you are going. 
It follows that surf board curves should also be naturally greater near the tail than toward the nose.

The curves of each board pictured above match the natural hollowness of the waves for which they were intended.
The New Standard (top) with its shallowed deck, dead flat bottom and toilet seat rear edges has the most rocker.
The Blue Machine (middle) has medium rocker, high trail rails and lots of belly. 
It gets right to the quick.
The Penetrator (bottom) utilizes moderate lift aft, thin trail rails and a medium belly for penetration into the heart of the wave.

These three different boards seek unusual positions in the wave and all maneuver exceptionally well. 
Rocker is where it belongs- near the rear.

Peck: "Natural Rocker in the tail of a well built board lets you into the unique positions."
Cooper. Bob Cooper depends on the natural rocker in the tail of his exciting Blue Machine as he rocks up, around and radically back into the curl.

Morey-Pope 7.
Morey-Pope deveIoped the full scale Master Template.
They use it to solve important design questions.
Their study of the nature of waves has resulted in the wing tip (discussed in a previous issue) Natural Rocker, 5 other major design innovations which give Morey-Pope boards that good feeling.

John Peck dead center. Pocket surfing or noseriding?

Coop, reverse shoulder. Blue Machine
We use Clark Foam.
See the New Standard, Blue Machine, and Penetrator is at SurfIine, Honolulu; Ron-Jon, East Coast; B. J. Surf Shop, Houston; or write to us at Morey-Pope.
Send 25c for decal and brochure to Morey-Pope. 858 E Front St., Ventura, Calif.

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Surf Post

Volume 8 Number 4
September 1967.

Lance Carson rides the Rincon at sunset- a great day last spring.
Photo: Ron Stoner

Copy courtesy of Graham Sorensen Collection.

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