MANUFACTURER: Wallace Surfboards 8 Winborne Road Brookvale Sydney
DESIGN: Vee Bottom
DESIGNER: Bob McTavish - Midget Farrelly
Stringerless foam blank, Volan glass.
Paul Flack Collection.
Dimensions and photographs 06.01.02.
For an extended history of the development of vee bottom boards see:
history: a period of transition 1967-1968
Between February 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 foot
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.
Standard Greenough 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.
Decals were larger, more colourful and psychedelic/art deco in design, for example George Rice circle.
Other Vee Bottoms :
#26 1967 Gordon and Smith, Vee Bottom 7 ft 7"
#168 1967 George Rice, Vee bottom 9ft
#3 1968 WM, V-bottom 8 ft 3"
Other Wallace Surfboards :
#108 1969 Tracker 7 ft 3" Stringerless
#179 1970 Wallace Egg Pop-out 6 ft, Marbling