the catalogue #34
MANUFACTURER: Haminex Pty Ltd
DESIGN: Midget Farrelly Pro Champ Coolite
DESIGNER: Midget Farrelly ?
Molded coolite foam, painted deck, adhesive decal, rubber fin and box.
Tail: rounded square
Bottom: Three-quarter keel with twin concaves
Rails: rounded square
Donated by John McInnes.
Severe wear,deck colour almost gone, structural cracks especially in the nose, dinged rails, fin loose.
This early 1970's moulded polystyrene foam board with a fin was an adaptation of the paipo/surf-o-plane design mostly ridden prone and used principally by juveniles.
Polystyrene foam boards were first marketed in Australia in the 1960s following the success of along a low-cost portable insulated food or beverage container, brand name Coolite.
By 1965, the Coolite was sharing the waves of Sydney with the now traditional surf-o-plane, introduced in the late 1930s and with established rental franchises at many beaches.
See: NAA: A1200, L50619, Sport - Surfing - Manly, New South Wales, Australian News and Information Bureau, 1965.
The first boards bore the Coolite brand and subsequent models; including Midget Farrelly, Pipeliner; retained the generic name.
Advanced models used a moulded rubber fin, e.g. this Midget Farrelly model.
Later models featured a GT badge.
1980ís models were inserted in a woven fabric cover to limit foam damage.
In the 1970's small groups of riders adapted production models, usually by fitting fins, to circumvent beach restrictions e.g. North Bondi.
See Paipo Catalogue for other prone craft.
1. Margan and Finney : A Pictorial History of Surfing Page 157
2. White : Surfing Part 2 Chapter 2
Scooped-deck Coolite with twin keel fins
Coolite rider, Margan and Finney 1970 page 157.