: Manufacturers Index, 1963.
Volume 1 Number 5, 1963.
An overview of
major surfboard manufacturers in Australia in 1963, but note
that all are
noted to have taken advertising in the magazine.
The two page
was surrounded by the various company decals (those with an
added in italics) and each entry had a portrait photograph of
been in the board building business for more than 12 years.
He opened a
factory at Brookvale, N.S.W., being the first expressly
built for surfboard
In the early
50's, Barry's racing boards (hollow plywoodtypes) were
paddled to victory
in four National Championships and several other premier
spent some time in California shaping boards for Hobie Alter
points were learnt.
the sole franchise for importing Polytron water-based foam.
are specialists in the manufacture of the famous "hot dog"
as custom builders has stretched to many of the southern
beaches as far
as Wollongong, where they have found it necessary to open a
at 426 Princes Highway, Corrimal.
Cansdell team use American foam and glass.
boards are double glassed and have double lapped rails.
revolves around Ron Cansdell as shaper and Brian Jackson as
"We feel we
a complete understanding of the custom board."
Boulevade Caringbah NSW Australia
been in the surfboard business since the early 1950's.
Polyfoam in Australia and was the first to mould foam blanks
for use in
from his modern Surf Shop located at Brookvale, which stocks
from surfing accessories to ski gear.
custom board is double glassed and features double lapped
foam are imported from U.S.A.
detail and strict quality control over material and process of
pressed moulded fibre glassed fins.
manufacturing surfboards in 1949.
he opened a modern shop and factory at Rockdale, Sydney.
operated on proven American methods, houses some of the most
equipment in the industry.
"I've realised the vital need of carrying out constant
research on the
flexibility of new materials."
This is why
contends that he has developed the highest strength to weight
any custom board on the Australian market.
Hwy. Rockdale Sydney Australia 59-2472
DANNY KEYO is
one of Australia's top custom board manufacturers.
By no means a
newcomer, he has been an active exponent of the industry for
One of his top
shapers is "Midget" Farrelly, the International Surfing Title-
that his brand is one of the finest on the market.
Danny has made
it a policy to only turn out custom boords.
gloss and the American Polytron water base foam.
Each board has
Road Brookvale XF 1699
JOHN RHODES is
the youngest board manufacture to join the ranks.
His shop is
in Croydon Street, Cronulla.
to produce a board without resorting to the usual gimmicks of
to draw attention to his board.
in craftsmen-built custom boards only.
materials are used including the flat weave American gloss and
a new resin
which gives an "all white" effect.
"I insist on
making a clear board with a minimum amount of colour,"
designed and produced by Les Patterson and Dave Passenger
have been popular
in surfing circles since their introduction 2 years ogo.
Road Brookvale Sydney
As in all
shops, the Dale firm can build a board to any specification
noted for their craftsmanship.
due to the result of years of study in developing the design
of the modern
one of the partners.
Les and Dave
are proud of their brand and are conscious of the fast
GRAHAM KING is
fast rising newcomer to the custom board field.
He has been
boards since mid 1961, and has lately moved into a modern
and surf shop ("South Side Surf Shop") located at 575 Princes
boards feature a three-quarter maple or redwood stringer, two
glass on both
sides and a polytron foam and fibreglass fin.
to the beginner surfer and the veteran alike," said Graham.
Highway, Kirrawee 521-1078
one of Australia's first board builders.
When he first
started out, Bill produced the hollow plywood paddle boards.
He was later
influenced by the demonstration of the malibu board given here
by Americans Greg Noll and Tom Zahn.
Since then he
has adapted himself to modern surfboard design and
boards are a familar sight on the key northern and southern
to use all American materials because of their predicability,
Street Bronte, NSW Phone FW 3690
of the pioneers of the Australian custom board industry.
In a matter of
years he has established a reputation as a top-ranking custom
His factory is
located at Brookvale, but, however, a projected expansion
in the planning stages is expected to be finalised sometime
Scott, one of
Australia's best known big sea riders, can shape any type of
by his customers.
to use the American Polytron polyester foam base.
Road Brookvale NSW Tel 934303
JOE LARKIN has
distinction of being the only recognised custom board builder
Before moving to Queensland 2 years ago, Joe learnt his trade
hollow (plywood type) paddle board and then graduated to
boards for two of Sydney's leading custom builders.
In fact, Joe
informs us that he acquired his first board at nine and shaped
board at 15 and "I've been building surfboards ever since".
foam and double glass on his boards.
His factory is
at Miles Street, Kirra, Queensland.
was one of the first custom surfboard builders in Australia.
that "the key to successful board building is the consistent
of quality materials and the pursuit for better ones".
This is why
Woods uses Volan treated glass, and more recently, CO2 water
shaping the most important phase of custom surfboard
entails full depth stringers, doubled up sides and standard
franchise for John Kelly hydroplane boards.
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: Manufacturers Index, 1963.