plans and specifications : hobie noserider
|Original design by Phil
Edwards and Hobie Alter at Hobie Surfboards June 1965.
A fleet of boards were prepared for Hobie Team members as entries for Tom Morey's Nose Riding Contest at Ventura, California.
Performance was judged with a watch - timing the rider on the front 25% of the board" (designated by a coloured deck patch or band), accumulated on a maximum 14 waves. Tom Morey designed the contest to apply objective judging criteria to surfing and encourage board designers to concentrate on one specific design feature. Some shapers attempted to maximise the 25% nose area by non-functional tail extensions, others merely added ballast to the tail of a standard board.
Image Right : Kampion, page 103.
The Hobie Surfboards team won first places...
|Natural foot : Mickey Munoz -
see photograph above.
(although "by a judging error ; Mike Hynson of San Deigo actually won." - Kampion, page 103.)
Goofy foot : Corky Carroll - see photograph below.
- see Corky Carroll's comments in Surf-Dog Days and Bitchn' Nights, page 48
The event was a spectactular success, establishing noseriding as the epitome of small wave surfing skill (in California)...
Noseriding models (most variations of the Hobie design) proliferated by all mainland manufacturers.
Tom Morey's Morey-Pope Co. marketed Slip Check, an aerosol spray wax alternative, available in a range of colours, the most popular use was the competition-based white nose patch (tip to sweet spot).
||David Nuuihwa, 1966.
Photograph : Leroy Grannis
Surfing Magazine March 1984
Volume 20 Number 3 page 82
Gordon and Smith, Noserider
9ft 7" #109