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1970 Hodgman  Air mat  4 ft
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MANUFACTURE
MANUFACTURER: Converse Hodgman, California.
SHAPER: n/a
DESIGN:  Canvas surf mat
DESIGNER:

SPECIFICATIONS
CONSTRUCTION
Rubberised canvas mat, tapped seam, eyelets with rope, inflation valve. 

DIMENSIONS
Length:
  4
feet 0
inches

Width: 
27.5
inches
Wide Point: 
0 inches
Nose :
n/a
inches
Tail: 
n/a
inches
Thickness:
4.5
inches
Pod: 
27
inches
Nose/L:

inches
Tail/L:

inches
Weigh:

kilograms
Volume:

litres
Other







FEATURES
Nose: square
Tail:  square 
Deck:   ribbed
Bottom:  ribbed
Rails: round
Rocker: flat


FINS:

None
Inflation Valve  

DECOR
DECALS
Deck: Converse, Hogman, Do Not Over Inflate, Made in the USA, green screen print on the nose, left.
Bottom:
MARKINGS
Deck: 
Bottom:
COLOUR
Deck: Red, white and blue horizontal stripes
Bottom: Blue

NOTES
BOARD HISTORY
Purchased online 2018.
Due to a small tear in the top, the mat was not inflated when the photographs were taken.

DESIGN HISTORY
A
COMMENTS

REFERENCES
Film
Youtube: George Greenough On Maui In 1967 in Slo-Mo 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrrGWESdHZY

Magazines
Article 
George Greenough : Grab a fistful of fabric - a review of surfmats in Tracks magazine circa 1974
George Greenough : Everything You Wanted to know about Surf Mats, Tracks, January 1977.
Ad: Merrin's New Finned Mat in Surfing World magazine Volume 22 No.4 January 1976
See other Prone craft at Paipo Catalogue

Web : 

Check out other inflatable mats/surfcraft at http://neumaticsurfcraft.homestead.com/NeumaticSurfcraftwebsite.html
 My Paipo Boards and ...More. - page by Rod Rodgers, Baltimore Maryland.
Paul Gross: 4th Gear Flyer Riderís Guide
http://www.surfmats.com/riders-guide.html
Paul Witzig: George Greenough Mat Riding on a Converse-Hodgman on Maui in 1967! (from Hot Generation)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL4QX-bOZAQ

CONDITION:  


                                                                                                                 
George Greenough, circa 1966. 
- Nat's Nat page 115, photograph uncredited, probably John Witzig.




Another Hodgman Beach Flote


Style 724, Red-White-Blue, Size 25" x 48"
Hodgman Surf Mat, 1976?

Top: Red, white and blue horizontal stripes.

Bottom: Red, white and blue vertical stripes.


Hodgman Funflote, Style 724, 1976?

.

George Greenough, camera and Converse-Hodgman Surf Mat
La Libertad, El Salvador.
Filming for Big Wednesday in 1977.

The film was released
May 26, 1978.
www.facebook.com/realsurfingmagazine/videos/1894332887257646

.


Sequence:
Hodgeman Mat Rider,

Little Avalon?


Tracks
Number 84
September 1977.






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Geoff Cater (2019) : Catalogue : Hodgman Surf-Mat, 1970.
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