Purchased 1985 with
Non - Volan repairs.
Fin repacement by
Jackson Surfboards, 1995.
from remnant fin base.by Geoff Cater.
by Paul D. Gross via email as Mike Hyson Hy-Performance for Gordon
and Smith Surfboards USA, 1967
Thanks to Paul
Offered for sale
at Mick Mock's Sydney Surf Auction, Mona Vale, October 2005.
# 252 : 7'7'' c.68 Vee bottom, clear with thick pinlines black/yellow
on bottom 8/10.
Purchased by Ken
Scotton ,who wrote in November 2005...
I recently purchased
the G&S vee bottom stubbie shown in your register as #26, evidently
latest history update ( Mick Mock) is that the board was shaped by Floyd
Smith during a visit to Australia.
I hope you might
consider updating the history on the board.
I also have a
Shane mal which is number 160, much the same as #159 in the catalogue but
with the original reverse dorsal fibreglass fin, I bought it from the original
owner in 1978 for $50.
Would you like
to add this board to the register or is it too similar ?
Keep up the good
work on the site, I am a great fan of vintage surfboards and the history
that surrounds them."
for #26 (previously 'Unknown') have been updated.
In May 2008, Ian
Nicol noted in an email:
"I saw a v-bottom
Gordon and Smith board in your catalogue (#26).
I had one which
I purchased from Steve Ash while at Noosa in about 1968 (Feb) which he
had bought from Keyo (Surfboards, Brookvale).
It was roughly
7 1/2 feet and went very well in the 6' surf at National Park at the time
(and uncrowded maybe 10 surfers max).
I cannot remember
what happened to it."
Given the board
was purchased second hand in February 1968, Ian's recollection is confirmation
that boards of this design and dimensions were common in Sydney before
the end of 1967.
Many thanks to Ian
for his contribution.
For an extended
history of the development of vee bottom boards see:
a period of transition 1967-1968
and November 1967 intensive competition between Sydney manufacturers and
their stable of surfer/shapers (primarily Midget Farrelly (Surfboards),
Palm Beach and Bob McTavish at Keyo Surfboards, Brookvale) saw length reduce
from 9 ft to 7ft. inches
Reduction in length
was a major step forwards in performance with a tighter turning arc.
This saw a concentration
on the tail area to improve turning....
- the widepoint
was moved back, and in some cases emphasised.
- deep vee panels
in the bottom
- wide planning
tail, in many cases with a chamfered tail to adjust water flow.
- Greenough style
flex fins were standard and fin placement was advanced towards the back
The nose was now
only two steps away (not four), and nose riding was not overlooked...
- the nose retained
a wide round profile, and sometimes featured a concave
Volume lost by length
reduction was offset by increasing width and the deep vee tail and many
top surfers continued to kneel paddle, although average surfers could only
paddle these boards prone.
- the use of deck
patches is common
- many boards continued
with a stringerless blank.
Rocker was slightly
increased, with a bit more nose lift.
Rails retained the
standard 50/50 egg thin rail.
style fins got finer and longer, in experimentation with extreme flex.
Some fins snapped above the base, many show warp or twist.
Colour was mostly
clear, with decor restricted to decals, volan overlaps and patches.
Resin pinlines or
pannels were rare, Pigment/tint rarer.
Usually only one
decal, placed on the deck, at either sweet spot.- note this example has
unusual decal placement.
Decals were larger,
more colourful and psychedelic/art deco in design, for example the G$S
Sub 8 ft probably
indicates a latter example of this design
Other Vee Bottoms
1967 Wallace, Vee Bottom 7 ft 8"
1967 George Rice, Vee bottom 9ft
1968 WM, V-bottom 8 ft 3"
and Smith Surfboards :
Gordon and Smith, Noserider 9 ft 7" 1965
Gordon and Smith Bobby Brown model. Shaped by Floyd Smith. 9 ft 3'' 1966
Gordon and Smith, 7 ft shaped by Peter Townend 1976
Gordon and Smith, Lazor Zap 6 ft 1981
1. Eric Blum
Fantastic Plastic Machine 1969
Footage of Windansea
Contest October 1967, Palm Beach.
2. Andy McAlpine
: Children of the Sun, 1968
Manly and NZ with Bob McTavish and Wayne Parkes.
3. Paul Witzig
: Hot Generation
Footage at Lahina
Harbour and Honolua Bay Maui.
4. Greg MacGillivray,
and Greg Freeman : Waves Of Change 1969
of the Vee bottom design.
Jeff : Surf
Beaches of Australia’s East Coast, 1968
St. Piere : The
Fantastic Voyage, 1969
Matt : Surfriders
– In Search of the Perfect Wave, 1997
Page 73 - Revolution
Nat, pages162 to166.
See Source Documents
8 - non original fin