surfresearch.com.au pods for
primates : a catalogue of surfboards in australia since
1900 - a product of re-search. surfresearch.com.au was selected for
preservation by the National Library of Australia,
annually in their online collection, PANDORA, 7th June 2013,
2014, 2015, 2016, 2107, 2018, 2019.
Site updated: 8th January 2020.
If we knew what we were doing, it
wouldn't be called 're-search,' would it? - Albert
Einstein. Life is a waste of time, and surfing is just as good a
way to waste it as any. - Mickey Dora, 1975.
*The first edition
was presented online about 1998, originally
for primates: a catalogue of surfboards in australia
was taken, borrowed, stolen, or in homage to, Bob
seminal articleson the
history of Australian surfboard design:
site and blog is no longer online.
Surfresearch.com.au used to
regularly contribute content to the once highly
Some Reviews and
MIA, circa 1999: My first contact was a highly
complimentary email from Rod Rogers of Baltimore,
Maryland, who had recently begun his web page,
My Paipo Boards and ... More, now at http://mypaipoboards.org/
Unfortunately, the original has
disappeared from my files.
Rod recently noted: My, how things have changed in 13+
years !!!! I clearly remember your early pages as they were
one of the few to contain any paipo information much
less so much rich data on surfing.
Although Surfresearch.com is a messy, cut-rate,
hard-to-use site (at least of this writing), it isby
far the best single source of information for early
Australian surf history.
of Surfing (2010) Sources, page 479. Hey SURF RESEARCH how about you apply your Anglophilic
focus to surfing by our Sydney region Guring-gai and
Darawhal Kooris. I know you find this unpallatable. Hint; Start with Kayee mai Gal clan (Manly) at Bombora
(place where waves Thunder) maybe quote a credible witness,
say an Officer of His Majesty"s Navy or two (Easily found
just look). Also consider Marou-Bora and Wamberal (Wam-Bora) by
Tarra Gal clan. Dont be shy now ...you can apply your Menzies era view
of the world to some real surfresearch. - moondoggie, posted on
Realsurf.com Forums, Friday Jun 01, 2012. To Mr Cater, the true champion of the sport.
- Nick Carroll, handwritten dedication in Phil Jarrat's
Australia's Hottest Surfing Legends (2011) page 106,
Freshwater SLSC, 2012.
Hi Geoff, Great site ... I really
enjoyed fin history
You have a great site and
it is doing surfing proud..thanks for your
- Cheyne Horan, July 2013. Geoff, I just love your
research, keep it up.
- Bob McTavish, March 2013.
Geoff Cater's great website surfreserach.com.au (sic) has
been an invaluable resource, and many times all lines of
inquiry, and Google searches, seemed to lead me back to it.
I'm pleased to learn the National Library of Australia
has seen fit to archive this treasure.
Baker: Acknowledgements, Australia's Century of
Surf (2013) page 264.
Get over yourself Mr Serious.... and by the way the
'rudimentary' style was also exhibited by Duke and co. The quality of the waves was also 'poor' in both
cases. You are a pompous ass and youtube or a viewer
flagged your comment as spam... lol! Get back to me when you've ridden a 17 foot 70 pound
redwood board, with video to prove it.
- Roy Stuart (Roy Stuart Surfboards, NZ), November 2013, in response to my comment on
the inclusion of modern footage, apparently of himself, in a youtube posting featuring
Duke Kahanamoku at Waikiki.
first of all i got to say
is what an amazing job of reaserch you guys do, an second
that is the easyest webpage to use, scroll up &
down, click on pictures etc..
you can really feel the passion for the sport, the histoy
& for those who has made what it is today. ps. sorry
about my inglish
Roberto Martinez Rodriguez, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, September 2014.
Geoff Cater is the
Burning Bush when it comes to Australian surf history, and
just surf history in general.
- Ben Marcus, September 2014.
I value referencing your
site from time to time... great to see someone who
takes the time to catalogue much of the core essence of our
all consuming passion!
- Andrew Close, South Australia, July 2015.
I should take this
opportunity to thank you for a fantastic resource. I use
Surf Research often, and not just for research but also
for entertainment, procrastination, inspiration...
- Stu Nettle, Editor Swellnet.com,
I love your site. It is no exaggeration to say that
it has been an inspiration for many of the things I do at
Shred Sledz! Please keep updating Surf Research; I find it
an invaluable resource not just for my own research, but
it's also just a pleasure to read.
- Henry Knapp, shredsledz.net/,
1. H. Phillips: Surfboard riders, Manly
Beach, circa 1928.
range of board design and decor, in particular the text,
I'en nui, on the nose of the board to the far
the age range of surfriders and the female surfrider.
Phillips, H: Surfing
Beaches of Sydney N.S.W.
Printer and Publisher
Victoria Avenue Willoghby, NSW, 1930.
is not dated but has one photograph at Bondi dated March
Witzig : Bob
McTavish and Little Red, Honolua Bay, Maui, December 1967. Surf
International, Volume 1 Number 12, circa 1969.
In the winter of 1967-1968, Nat Young and Bob
McTavish took their recently developed wide-tailed vee-bottom
boards to Hawaii.
Joining them in Maui were George Greenough and Manly'sTed
Spencer, his flight to Hawai'i courtesy of Surf
International's first place prize for the Windansea
Contest, held on Sydney's northern beaches in November-December
by Spencer and McTavish at Keyo Surfboards in mid-1967,
it was an 8ft 4"
x 23" stringered rounded pintail.
Fitted with a Greenough fin, it had a clear deck and red
gel-coat on the bottom.
Their surfing was
documented in Paul Witzig's Hot Generation (1968)
and Eric Blum's The Fantastic Plastic Machine
(1969), as well as in numerous magazines and books.
extensive promotion of the vee-bottoms, in fact, variations of
Ted Spencer's pintail were to be the dominant design in
Australia for the next twelve months.
This rare photograph of McTavish riding Spencer's board is just
one gem in John Witzig's fine portfolio of surf
The board was previously described
on this page as:
Ted Spencer's 'Little Red', 8ft 9" x 22" stringerless
rounded pintail. Possibly Shane Surfboards.
I also noted: The board itself,
however, broke in two at the Honolua Bay sessions.
The dimensions were an estimate and
the manufacturer was an educated guess, based on
multiple viewings of the footage.
The board's demise was based on Bob McTavish's account of the Honolua Bay
plastic drinking straw..., Surf International, Vol. 1. No. 3 February - March
1968, page 11.
In November 2003, Ted Spencer emailed:
For what it's
worth, so called Little Red board was 8'4" in length single
stringer 23" wide and was shaped by Bob McTavish and I
at Keyo Surfboards in Brookvale Australia. It didn't break badly in Hawaii
and I took it back to OZ.
Many thanks to Ted Spencer for this invaluable contribution.
Spencer, Little Red, Lahina, Maui, December 1967.
Photograph: John Witzig
- Nat Young: History,
pages 98 - 99.This is KAOS.
Max: My web page gets 500,000 hits per
month! Siegfried: I find that very hard to believe. Max: Would you believe 500 hits per
month? Siegfried: I don't think so. Max: How about 10 hits, and one recommend
to a friend?
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