(Probably) Surfboards Hawaii Factory, 66-479 Kamehameha Highway Haleiwa Hawaii.
Possibly mainland model if post 1963.
SHAPER: (possibly) Richard ‘Dick’ Brewer
Fibreglassed foam blank with 3" balsa wood stringer and redwood tail block
Nose: rounded pin
|FIN:9" (est.) Black laminated fibreglass fin|
Deck: ‘Surfboards Hawaii’ black in box at rear sweet spot
Deck: 'dark olive green to a lightish tan/yellow colour' - ANMM catalogue notes
Bottom: 'lime green in colour with a tan/yellowish colour near the nose' - ANMM catalogue notes
Australian National Maritime Museum 2 Murray Street Darling Harbor, Sydney NSW 2001, Australia See Notes on ANMM.
Exhibited : Surf! Enviroment Politics and Life 1960 - 1985.
Laperouse Museum, The Cable Station, Botany Bay National Park, Sydney.
12 December 1997 - 13 June 1998.
Curator : Stephen Thompson/NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Photograph by Bob Gumley.
Dick Brewer was considered to be the world’s top surfboard shaper from 1963 to 1983.
The very wide balsa stringer (3 inch) is unusual and may indicate the blank was blown as two halves, the stinger filling out the required width. This was the first successfull method of Hobie Alter and Grubby Clarke in 1959 and may date the board as earlier than 1963.
Appears to have pale lime green pigment coat colour on 80% of the board, with some staining towards the nose and tail probably caused by dings (slight possibility this is a 1980s acrylic spray restoration).
Decal is standard for its time and is now considered a classic.
‘Surfboards Hawaii’ label still manufactured in the USA and under licence in Australia.
It is possible the board was made for tandem riding but could also be larger surfer’s big wave board, 11 ft being a common big wave board length during this period.
Drew Kampion : "The Life and Work of Richard Brewer" in The Australian Surfer's Journal
Vol 2 # 3 Winter 1999 pages 72 - 95.