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Limits of Pure Fun, 1969.
While the progressive
reduction of volume and refinement of surfboard design, began in Brookvale in late 1967 and endorsed at the
1968 World Contest in Puerto Rico, continued to advance
surfing performance during 1969, in retrospect, most
significant contribution was to come from George
The title of his film,
the Innermost Limits of Pure Fun (1970) indicated the future
direction of advanced performance, riding inside the tube, as
brilliantly conceived and executed in the closing
sequence, The Coming of the Dawn.
Filmed mostly at Lennox
Head and Rincon, this masterpiece was invariably misunderstood
by the uninitiated and is easily dismissed by those with no
comprehension of history.
As of 2014,
miniaturisation and digital photography have made comparable footage commonplace.
The required surfing
skills of these "photographers," however, are simply a pale
imitation of those demonstrated by Greenough in 1969.
Nat on his pintails:
Subsequently he had two gun boards built or the Hawaiian winter of
"My two Weber guns were there
waiting for me with Randy Rarick and as I lifted them from the
nose and looked down the curves, I could see that (Weber's
top shaper, Harold) Iggy had done a great job.
They had the traditional Hawaiian
big-wave board outlines and the hard low rail popular at the
time - lying there all ready to go, the boards looked like a
pair of racehorses.
Both were finished identically
with a big Weber sun sticker on the deck, but the best thing
about them was that they had fins that had been fibreglassed
on; fins I'd sanded myself in California last summer."
(1998) page 202.
Young placed 5th in the final of that
season's Duke Kahanamoku Contest and certainly made an impression
on the magazine photographers, a Ron Stoner photograph of a
slashing cutback at Sunset Beach used for Surfer magazine's
(possibly) first fold out cover (Volume 10 Number 3 July 1969).
Halewia, Winter 1968.
Photo: Ron Stoner
Volume 10 Number 3 July 1969
Patent Title: Surfboard With Removable Skeg
Inventor Name: Thomas H. Morey; Karl D. Pope
Year Issued: January 21 1969
Item Number: 11970
|Surfing World Volume 11 Number 2 1969
Australian surfers select their favorite performers:
David Treloar: John
Otton, Butch Cooney, Peter Cornish, Midget Farrelly, Alan
Spargo, Bruce Channon.
Bruce Channon: Wayne
Lynch, Keith Paull, Richard Harvey, Midget Farrelly, Peter
Cornish, Ian Goodacre.
George Downing, Bobby Brown, Keith Paull, John Connors,
Joey Cabell, Wayne Lynch.
Mark Smith: Colin Hammond, Robert Melling,
Gordon Merchant, Keith Paull, Robert Conneely, Judy Trimm.
Bob Evans: Midget
Farrelly, Phil Edwards, Nat Young, Goerge Downing, Peter
Kevin Platt: The Sheer Delight Of Being Covered By The Curl
Richard Kavanaugh: The two sides of… Leonardo
A comparison with
George Greenough/Ron Realph! No Thanks. It starts Too
Manny Arguments. John Russel. Talks about his abilities
and influence, the stage 3 fin and spoons 3pages.
John Hogan: Mechanism.
Tim Murdoch: Somethings happening- the
changes in board shapes and what is happening in New
Zealand, particularly Wayne Parks.
Suntex Catalina: Spirit of the Sun- the ’69
look (surfing trunks)
the White Ghost surfboard in early 1969.
An 8’3 foot long, 4” thick, with down rails, the White
Ghost was a speed spear.
Designed for maximum speed, the surfboard would help
Joey win the 1969 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surf
Classic at Sunset Beach, despite competing with a broken
rib during the Finals.
“The white surfboard that I won the 1969 Duke with,
there was no other surfboard that fast in the world.
Not even close. I shaped the board as I was passing
through Huntington Beach at Plastic Fantastic.
The board was 18 and a half inches wide. I didn’t name
Everyone around me in Hanalei just started calling it
the White Ghost.
After I won the Duke, the White Ghost never got ridden
again. It had served its purpose.”
California surfer Rusty Miller, himself a Duke finalist
in the 1967 and 1968 contests, snapped this now iconic
photograph of Joey and the White Ghost at the 1969
1969 White Kite
by Ted Spencer (Shane).
6 ft x 19" with 8" diamondtail.50/50 rails at nose,soft in centre
and hard at the tail.S deck.glueline stringer.
Fitzgerald ? in Modern World,1971
1969 Speed Roundtail :
7 ft X 19" refinement by Midget Farrelly. Foiled template hard
rails in tail and glueline/stringer. Impeccable finish.
M. Farrelly ads in Surfing
World , Vol x #x and #x,1969
Coast Speed :Bob McTavish/Garry Keyes/Chris Brock (Wilderness
Sub 7 ft X 19" Tracker refinement, stringers, tail
M. Photographic essay in
Surfing World, Vol x #x
1969 Egg/Super Stubby-
Usually identified with Nat Young (Keyo) and Wayne Lynch (John
A double ender with soft rails
and large fin, S deck, tailpatches
Starting around 6ft 6'', both surfers progressively reduced their
lengths, down to 5 ft 6" by 1970
F. Sea of Joy
Slipper -DownRailer : developed by Midget Farrelly, featured soft
down rails from nose to tail, flat bottom,super kicked roundednose
and finbox with small fin. 7 ft 6" X 20 1/2"with a 4" pod.
F. Sea of Joy - hyper
knicked nose model ridden, but not using sideslipping technique,
by Reno Abellira at Johanna and Angourie.
F. Pacific Vibrations
- various riders use side slipping technique throughout the film,
the most outstanding being Merv Larsen, riding a finless surfski
1969 Hull 6 ft
x 20" wide tailed single fin with faired chine rail panels from
nose to mid point, derived from Greenough’s Spoon design. Boards
by Chris Brock/Garry Keyes at Wilderness Surfboards, Ted Spencer
at Shane Surfboards and Robert Coneely at Hayden Surfboards.
World Volume 12 Number 3 (April) 1969
David Knox: Robert Lynch
John Hodges, Bob Evans: Bells Beach Contest,
with Wayne Lynch, Peter Drouyn, Bill Mooney, David
Treloar, Ted Spencer, Butch Cooney, Bruce Channon and
Wayne Williams, in BP competition singlets
New South Wales Surfriding
Championships, with Kevin Brennan , Richard Harvey , Frank
Latta and Nat Young
Murdering Beach, New Zealand
Jefferson- The Jefferson Flyer, speed track dirt motorbike rider
Gordon Woods Surfboards
Midget Farrelly Surfboards
Bill Wallace Surfboards
David Treloar model
"Happiness is a White Kite" -Ted Spencer model
Keyo Surfboards, with adjustable fin box.
Nat Young Ski, right.
5 Number 2, May1969
Surfing World Volume 12
Number 5 (?)
Angourie: A place to see...and be
- Greenough ,McTavish, Platt, Keyes, Brock and Purchase.
Kevin Platt: The Sea , Waves and
Peter Cornish: Mullaway
Kevin Platt: The Equipment and
John Hogan: Waves can do that thing
Bob Evans: Tamarind (Bay)
Farrelly: [On drugs]
Col Smith Ron Wade Surfboards
1969 Surf International
Volume 2 Number 8 August
- Ted Spencer 1st
Cornish, Colin Smith, David Treloar, Terry Fizgerald, and
juniors Kevin Brennan, Mark Warren
Francis Dylan: What's
Now - Design
wins the “” (with
fine double spreads) highlighting the radical surfing of
by The Who
Paul Carey: Has
Reached an Age of Responsibility?
Brad Mayes: The
contest at Manly Beach.
World Volume 12 Number 6 [September]
Kevin Platt: The Basics of Form and
Bob Evans: New Zealand.
Geoff McCoy: Narrabeen.
Albert Falzon: Winansea Contest.
Art Taylor: Barbados.
Film: Bob Evans' Splashdown.
Advertisements: Farrelley Surfboards,
Peter Drouyn Surfboards, Rip Curl Surfboards, Surf Design
1969 Slab Kneeboard
First designed (probably) by Peter Crawford at Wallace Surfboards
as a high flotation alternative to Greenough’s Spoon.
Named by Midget Farrelly.
Approximately 5 ft x 22" with Waveset finbox, this design has
current application and has had a full range of fin setups.
The Canberra Times
4 October 1969,
SURF boards, 1 Woods Pin [tail] 8ft 2in, exc cond $70, 1 Clark stubby
beginnner, good cond $50.
second hand trackers, 2 Gordon Woods, 1 Gordon and Smith good cond.
1 summer surf shape and 2 pintails all priced be tween $60 to $70, also 2 stubbies 1 for $30 and $40.
Prices Newsagency, Civic opp Mall 42914.
new by Farrelly, Dale and Woods, custom orders 2 to 3 weeks del.
Prices Newsagency, Civic 42914.
1969 'Advertising.', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), 4 October, p. 24,
viewed 13 May, 2015,
|Surfing World 1969 Volume 13 Number
Cover: Col Smith (NN), Keyo surfboard, Angourie.
Newcastle, featuring Terry Fitzgerald, Neil
Purchase, David Treloar, Wayne Williams, Kevin Parkinson, and Ted Spencer 1st, who
recently designed and shaped his latest creation the White
John Hogan: Queensland Liquid
Bud Browne: Yesterday-
history of Big Wave surfing with Ricky Grigg, Buzzy Trent,
George Downing, Pat Curren and Mike Doyle . This article
is an extracted from Peter Dixon's Men Who Ride Mountains
Joey Cabell, with
a very narrow single fin big wave gun surfboard.
Gordon Woods Surfboards
Scott Dillion Surfboards
magnificent seven (colours)
Bob McTavish shapes.
Klemm Bell Surfboards:
John Monie Custom
Normally considered a hot goofy-footer, normally
considered a left-hand wave:
Sutherland at Pipeline, winter 1969.
Surfer, March 1970
Volume Number, page
The 1970 World
Innermost Limits of Pure Fun
Tracks a Surfing
film by Bob Evans
In Natural Flow
Geoff Cater (1999 - 2017) : History :
Innermost Limits of Pure Fun, 1969.