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 1972  Coolite : Midget Farrelly Pro Champ 4 ft 10" 
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MANUFACTURE
MANUFACTURER: Haminex Pty Ltd
SHAPER:  Moulded 
DESIGN:  Midget Farrelly Pro Champ Coolite
DESIGNER: Midget Farrelly ?
SPECIFICATIONS
CONSTRUCTION
Molded coolite foam, painted deck, adhesive decal, rubber fin and box. 
DIMENSIONS
Length :
 4
ft
 10
inches

Width :
 18
inches
Wide Point :
 + 0
inches
Nose :
 16
inches
Tail :
 15
inches
Thickness :
 4.5
inches
Pod :
 13 .5
inches
Nose Lift :
  inches
Tail Lift :
  inches
Weight :
  kilos
Volume :
  litres
Other, Flyer/s :
  inches

 
FEATURES
Nose: round 
Tail:  rounded square 
Deck:  flat
Bottom:  Three-quarter keel with twin concaves 
Rails: rounded square 
Rocker:
FIN
 6.5" x 4.5" rubber
with through-the-board box.


DECOR
DECALS
Deck: Midget Farrelly Pro Champ Script red/blue, adhesive decal 
Bottom:
MARKINGS
Deck: Moulded 'H' logo,R/h tail - for Haminex. 
Bottom:
COLOUR
Deck: Blue deck patch with L/h black offset racing stripes 
Bottom:  white
NOTES
BOARD HISTORY
Donated by John McInnes.
Severe wear,deck colour almost gone, structural cracks especially in the nose, dinged rails, fin loose.
HISTORY

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.
circa 1958.
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. 
REFERENCES
See Paipo Catalogue for other prone craft.
Books
1. Margan and Finney : A Pictorial History of Surfing   Page 157 
2. White : Surfing  Part 2 Chapter 2 
CONDITION: 3


#34 Coolite
                rider, Margan and Finney, 1970 page 157.
Coolite rider, Margan and Finney  1970 page 157.

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Trove
1973 'Advertising', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), 29 November, p. 4. , viewed 10 Aug 2016,
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article131695124



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