evans and falzon : south africa, 1968
c/o Palm Beach Post Office, NSW, 2108.
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Various tints and colour designs of distinction available.
Fins, area through various stages of low resistance speed fins.
Cjhoice of hulls, flat or V.
Interstate freight free.
ALBY FALZON interviewed Max on the subject of surfboards and design in his country.
Q. Max, why do you feel that the trend is changing from the wide V board to the narrow pintail?
widest part of the board is made one-third from the tail,
giving the maximum
planing area in this section.
With the pintail we have a complete reversal.
We now have the planing area one-third from the nose, thereby eliminating excess board in front.
Therefore, the major part of the board is now tucked back behind in the curl, where it is most needed to achieve maximum speed.
What's more, the shape of the actual pintail is better suited to the shape of the curl.
the shape of the "V" to that of the pintail one notices
especially in rail design.
What can you say as regards this?
A. The high
low rail design is actually copied from the Hawaiian big
This means that the rail comes from high in the nose to low in the tail.
This gives us a sharper rail in the tail, which in turn affords us greater planing area.
Q. I notice in your particular board you have a slightly weird combination of "V" and pintail.
I have evolved is a board that I refer to as a V-bottom
People have asked me what the reason is for the fat "V" nose.
Well, I feel that this enables us to maintain a tighter angle in the wave and simultaneously providing a good planing area in the nose.
pintail has a rather thick and ugly-looking skeg.
Doesn't this cause a certain amount of drag?
question, one has only to look at nature.
Let us, for example, take the wing of a bird.
Here we have an object, which if one studies closely will be found to have no flat surfaces to create any drag.
I feel that this is what I am striving for, minimum drag anywhere on any part of the board.
My skeg, as you will notice, has no flat sections.
Q. What do you feel about the rapid advancement which has taken place in the last few months?
A. As far
am concerned there is always room for improvement on
The "V" was a big step, but while advancing many basic principles were forgotten.
Story by Bob Evans, photos by Alby Falzon.
Within twelve hours the bad weather had passed, and the swell was pumping thru regularly on Noors Kloof Point, with a few sets touching 7 feet and averaging 5 to 6.
The sun came out; the breeze was a steady offshore north/wester at 15 knots.
van der Reuvel, Max Wetteland on their way-out mini-pins,
Sean on his 5ft. 6in. vee-nosed mini-gun showed their paces,
and just how
far surfing performance in this country has come in the last
The water was crisp at 60°, and apart from a couple of mating whales, plus one curious dark-skinned fisherman from the sandhills, the world was ours alone.
The Indian Ocean stretched empty to the horizon and the mountains rimmed the land, and touched the sky with snowy fingers.
This was the surfing life, the way we like it.
easily- but the scene in the water at South Beach jetty was
a real bouncer.
The waves were : alive with radical performers drawing all kinds of crazy tracks on the smallest pintail units we had ever seen.
News travels and surfers hereabouts had got the message and the story was 6' 6" to 7' 0"- fourteen pounds weight and radical as all hell.
In terms of performance and performers- Africa had arrived.
Strangely enough- or logically enough- many of the pressure merchants out there riding were Aussies.
Batcheledore had just left Africa to return home- but his
mate Tony Wright
was turning on like he never had
at home in
But Max Wetteland and Tony van de Heuvel and "Loopy" Cerf were the surprises- there wasn't a manoeuvre in the book that these African boys weren't pulling off well.
the beach at a spot called Bay of Plenty (plenty of waves)
there was a
whole gang of youngsters, ten to fourteen years old, all out
there on little
five and six foot boards and these kids were really hot.
It seemed that one of them was even hotter than the rest, so we made a point of meeting him.
Not only was he a talented surfer; but he turned out to be a young man of exemplary good manners and happy character.
His name was Shaun Thomson, and he was twelve years old, and his dad was Ern Thomson and a good friend of Max Wetteland.
Ern and Max can honestly be said to be amongst the finest of men over there.
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Volume 11. Number 3, August (?) 1968.