Mark Warren and McCoy Twin Fin 1,
: Uncredited Surfing
World, April 1979.
27 Number 6 page 34.
printed inSurfing World, 1971.
1971 Tracks #8
May Contests: Australian Titles at Bells: Paul Neilsen 1st, Peter
Drouyn 2nd. Water Pollution.
Interview: Joe Larkin.
Rusty Miller: Hawaii. Design:
short twin fin design with long base fins and wide fish tail,
credited to Steve Lis (USA) and used primarily as a kneeboard.
underground use through the 1970s until reconfigured as the Twin
Fin 2, notably by Mark Richards in 1977.
Cover story: Nat's
Design: Twin fins
by Tom Hoye, Jimmy Beardsley, and Robbie Holt.
Robert Conneeley's single fin Chine bottom.
Tracks #4 January 1971, page 30.
TOM HOYE'S BENNET TWIN DIMENSIONS: 5'8" x 21". 12" tail. 3 1/2" thick. 5-5 1/2" fins.
Soft low rails all around with a slight 'V in the tail
and a slight concave in the nose.
The rocker is consistent throughout the board.
It's designed to stay on a consistent high plane - it's
a little wider than the previous board for better
Basically it's a small wave board - 6' and under - built
for long skatey turns and the positive feel of the twin
Tom Hoye and Twin Fin, Bennett
JIMMY BEARDSLEY'S KEYO TWINFINNER DIMENSIONS:
5'3" x 22". 121/2" chamfered back. 12" of 'V. 51/2" fins. 3 1/2" thick. (base)
The Chine bottom
is the next step on the hill. George Greenough's gift to down
under this winter.
The concept is cuting the roll out of the bowl of
the hull, leaving two flat strips running down
beside the centre plane and diminishing at the tail.
Thought the edge where the planes meet would bog
down, but it does not if made right.
The extra flat gives more acceleration when board is
on its side in a turn plus more initial speed at
It seems to have all the speed of a low rail flat
bottom yet the beautiful handling and safety for
tube riding of the original hulls. This only my
fourth shape job, made at Wilderness's beautiful
factory in a very peaceful valley, convceived on the
good vibes and love of my friends and prototype for
my model with Hayden. Dimensions:
5'9" x 20 1/4" x 9 1/4" square tail with a soft
curve between the corners of the pod. 5
3/4" of nose lift, gradually fairing into a dead
straight plane at tail.
A very soft S through the bottom trying about 3/32"
of rise at back edge.
S through the botom (sic) trying about 3/32" of rise
at back edge. 3
distinct planing surfaces on bottom and it is all
driven by a very powerful 35 layer glass fin with
about 3"-4" of flex.
Beadsley and Twin Fin, Keyo Surfboards, 1970.
Tracks #4 Design
January 1971, page 30.
#5 February 1971 Cover
Twin fins and Guns by Warren Cornish, Farrelly
Scott Dillon Split fin. Advertising:
TracksDesign Tracks#5, February 1971,
Cornish [Farrelly Surfboards]
The serious surfer today requires a range of
widely differing equipment in order to give his best in the
variable wave types and sizes found in Australia and indeed
throughout the surfing world.
A five foot long wide tailed twin fin would be as ridiculous at
Foresters at 8' as it would be at Waimea Bay at 30ft.
On the other hand a 6'6" semi-gun or 8' qun would be laughable
at 2ft. Collaroy.
A wide range of surfboards are available from a few of the
custom shops in Sydney.
Although not covering all wave sizes and forms, the three boards
I have described below would be sufficient for most surfers to
obtain satisfaction on 364 days out of the year.
Dimensions 5'4 ' x 20 1/2'' 'x 3
1/2" (1501b. surfer) Outline Smooth entry nose with no
hip to hinder water flow, running running into a
straight drag free rail rear of centre.
Wide tail with rounded corners for smooth manouvering. Profile Flat plaining surface for rear 2/3
with moderate rise toward the tip.
Again smooth entry, rapid release. Cross Section
Soft low rails predominate with hard edges only at tail.
Bottom is flat to concave through the centre and glat (sic) at the tail,
with a little cushion up front.
Some surfers may find a small V in the tail helpful for
manouvering. Thickness is carried
right through to the tail area, with just a hint of S in
the deck. Fins small
Placement is most critical. Riged (sic) Surfing Characteristics
Designed primarily for radical turning
manouveres in small to medium waves.
The dual fins allow a much wider, therefore more buoyant tail to
be used than with a single fin (wide tails and single fins
suffer from breakout during periods of high pressure
applications to a rail.
The buoyancy prevents sudden stalling when wave speed drops as
is typical with Sydney summer surf.
Turning arcs are short, forward drive decreased.
The dual fin is ideally suited therefore to the short walled
peaks found along the East Coast in Summer.
Its inherent stability enabling it to handle the most turbulent
of waters it would be found wanting on a long walled Broken Head
wave in its above dimensions.
A longer, narrower version however, is surfed successfully at
Dimensions 6' 4" x 18" x 3"
(1401b. surfer) Outline Generally a diamond
outline with width and hip forward of centre.
Acceleration straight behind hip.
Narrow round tail.
Pointed nose for greater penetration. Profile Soft entry nose rocker
running into a 180 deg. straight. Cross Section Low rails throughout,
however they are not hard.
Three stage bottom - Flat under nose section, running
through a concave centre to a large V in the tail.
Even thickness throughout with very little S. Fin Single centre fin 6"-7"
Rigid with no flex, situated on tail. Surfing
Best suited to medium to large waves of delicate form.
This is a super fast instrument capable of long
driving turns, and rapid accleration.
Designed for waves of the calibre of 8'-10' Foresters or
This style of board is responsible for the introduction of
speed surfing with minimum water contact.
It is an unforgiving board demanding the highest level of
concentration to extract its potential.
Midget pioneered the use of this type of board in Australia.
7' 8" x 18" x 3 1/4'' (Built for Ted Dumuran, a 150 lb.
Continual flowing curve form nose to tail.
No straight section in the rail.
Nose and tail are evenly balanced having a nose bias of
only one inch.
The small round tail allows tight smooth manouvering. Profile
Large nose rocker running into a 180 degree flat
extinding for just under two thirds of the waterline.
The V in the tail has the effect of letting the rail
line rise to the tail taking away the crankiness usually
associated with long flats. Cross Section
A very even thickness assures good balance and free
Rails are full in shape, for good running ability yet
have'a very definite edge throughout the whole length
of the board which keeps all manouvering positive.
Again we have a three section bottom with a large V in
the tail, which has the same effect as tail rise without
any of the latter's associated drag and stalling
Situated on the tail.
Very upright pivot outline, 8 inches in depth. Surfing Characteristics
This particular board was designed for Sunset which consists
of a vertical peak requiring the surfer to reach the bottom
quickly before the lip demolishes him.
From there it's a bank of the bottom requiring great
acceleration and then a tuck into a long wall cum-tube
requiring good reach. A stiff design prevents the surfer
putting all this together quick enough, thus we soften the
riding characteristics by shortening the planing surface or
more correctly extending the forward cushion and cutting a
deep V into the tail.
This would be a most successful design for Forester's Beef
at 15 feet plus as well as big Bells.
Scott Dillon [Surfboards]
Scott Dillon is experimenting with fins again.
He did so a few years back, remember the tunnel fin and angled
fins on Doc Spences' board.
This time he's back
into the angled fins.
The board is 5'3" long, 21 1/2" wide and has a 12" back.
Scott is not suggesting that this board is any better
than the twin fins the main thing he's interested in is trying to take the thing a
Paul Wright rode the board at Narrabeen on a small bumpy
day and said that it came around faster and bites in
well and said that he definitely felt like he was
surfing on his backhand.
February 1971, page 10.
1971 Tracks #6 March
Tracks #7 April Cover: Cyclones
(Ida and Dora). Film:Sea of Joy
by Paul Witzig.
The Perfect Contest.
NSW Championships Centrefold: MP footage that became part of The Morning Of The Earth. Design: Speed
1971 Tracks # 8 May Contests: Bells (Paul
Neilsen 1st, peter drouyn 2nd), Australian Titles.
Water Pollution. Interview: Joe Larkin.
Rusty Miller: Hawaii.
Design. Rick Neilson's
short "three finned board ... 12'' centre fin with 4''
side fins", page 13.
fins were at the rear of the centre fin.
Fish short twin
fin design with long base fins and wide fish tail, credited to
Steve Lis (USA) and used primarily as a kneeboard.
underground use through the seventies till adapted to Twin fin 2
by Mark Richards 1977.
Tracks #6 March 1971 1971 In California, Con
Surfboards offered two wide tailed models, the Fly and the Deuce. Fitted with three
fin-boxes, the rider could choose bewteen installing either a
single or twin-fins (but not all three?).
Further multifin experimentation, a central standard fin
with two small 2" fins set forward on the rails.
original idea possibly concieved by Reno Abelleira
by Bob McTavish at Bennett Surfboards and Bros. Neilson.
1970 there were three groups of designer/shapers who
were working on the three-fin idea," says Duncan.
"Bob McTavish in Australia; Dick Brewer, Reno
Abellira and others in Hawai‘i; and my brother and
I." - Duncan Cambbell, quoted in
Wythe White :Surf Wars :The Bonzar, June
Contest 1971 - Design: Tracks May 1971,
Neilson with a short "three finned board ... 12''
centre fin with 4'' side fins."
fins were at the rear of the centre fin.
Any Morning Morning of the Earth
MagazineVolume 1 Number 2
July 1971 (editor Rick Renken)
?", "Two ??", "Three ???
Page 9: Single
Fin, Twin Fin, or Triple Fin?
Page 11: Mike
Page 12: Corky Carroll:
Reno Abellira: one + two (fins)= free
Page 28 Design (reprinted from Tracks)
Interview: Bill Bahne. Surfing MagazineVolume
7 #3 JuneJuly 1971 Fins: One or Two?Tracks Number 12 September
Celebrate the Riding of Waves
- John Witzig, Kim Bradley,“Spider”, Midget, Stephen Cooney,
Rusty Miller and Jock Sutherland.
photographs from Morning of the Earth and footage
shot by George Greenough for his next film.
Jim Beardsley surfer and shaper Design:
Glynn Richie’s Concaves coming out of the Palm Beach boatshed,
Balsa boards and
rigid fin design by Mike Davis. Advertising:
Wilderness, David Treloar Design, Palmers Channel 2480,
McCoy - four designs including Egg and Twin fin Tracks
Number 13 Oct 1971
lets put the fun back into surfing issue - lead article by
Pictorial: Nat Young with
Pintail and Backhand designs.
Bob Cooper: Toes
on Nose, a return to the fun of nose-riding.
Design: Rooster (Darrell Dell)
1971Nat Pintail heavily influenced by Joey Cabell (Hawaii) Grey
Ghost, this design featured a compressed pintail gun
template, 2nd phase concave bottom, soft box rails with a hard
edge, large nose lift and a small Greenough single fin.
Early models for Bennett Surfboards, Byron Bay models often
featured grey/blue pigment laminate, later Sydney models had
These boards were manufactured untill1980.
Film: Morning of the Earth. Tracks #14 November 1971
Exploration - Retrospective.
Evan's Family Free. Design:
Summer boards, Joe Larkin, John Arnold (SA), Brian McGrigor, Tom
Blaxell (WA). Advertisements:
Farrelly Surfboards full page and "pop-out" at $65
Wallace Surfboards "Junior" at $47.50-$50
Skipp Surfboards, Keyo Surfboards, McCoy Surfboards (twin fins),
Ron Wade Surfboards,Surf Blanks, Graham King Blanks,
Smirnoff ProAm held in perfect 12ft Sunset, Gavin Rudolf 1st.
remarks: Tell it how it happened. The contest was crooked!
French, filmmaker currently touring his
film “Sea Dreams”.
Paul Witzig: Sea
Dreams review. Design:
Owl Chapman’s 7 Island boards
Terry Fitzgerald’s 1971 Island guns. News and
opinions:Coolite board, corrupt Maroubra beach
inspectors, Nat drops out of the contest scene.
Advertising: Waxmate by Surf
Research, circa 1971. Tracks 1971, page
NOOSA HEADS: phone
Surf Research Tewantin 47 1461
BRISBANE: phone Hohensee Surfboards 91 1494 QLD. GOLD COAST: Hohensee Surfboards 2158 Gold
Coast Highway, Miami 4220. N.S.W. NORTH COAST: Surf Research PO Box 44
Bangalow 2479. SYDNEY: Surf Research phone 919 4580 MELBOURNE: Surf Research phone 98 7325 TORQUAY: Surf Research c/o Post Office Torquay 3228 W.A.: Sommot PO Box 101 Subiaco 6008. Phone 25
25c for climatised purple square bar to Surf Research,
P.O. Box 44 Bangalow. N.S.W. 2479
A Conservation Issue. Interview:
Terry Fitzgerald, Hailewa, and Dick Brewer, MOTE
Tony Wright: Sunset (beach)
Farrelly Tri-fins; 1972Tracks #17
Alby Thoms: Morning of the
Earth review. .
modestly explains his choice of surfers - Nat Young, David
Treloar, Terry Fizgerald, Michael Peterson, Chris Brock, Rusty
Miller, Barry Kanaiaupuni, Gerry Lopez, Stephen Cooney.
is a look back at Australian surfing roots
Interview: Bob Evans
Opinions: Michael Peterson defends Queensland surfers. Design:
Bob McTavish: Rocker and Speed. 1972 Tracks#18
March Cover story:
interviews David Treloar Design:
van Straleen foils. Photographs:Morning of the Earth
William Wallace Surfboards, Wade Surfboards, Platt's Surfwear,
1972Tracks #20 May Cover:
Paul Nielsen, Pipeline, from the newly released film Oceans
by Rodney Sumpter.
Paul Neilsen Design:
Keith Paull, Richard Harvey, Terry Fitzgerald Sounds:
Frank Zappa, Jefferson Airplane, Alison McCallum, Carly Simon,
Geoff McCoy and
Ron Ford: Hawaii
Ray & Ron (
reviews Rodney Sumpter’s film Oceans.
David Elfick: The
Great Ballina Movie Fiasco, a screening (or non-screening)
of Morning of the Earth at Ballina Hall.
Our first issue for Winter 1972. There's lots of reading cause we've gone to 36 pages this
time. There's plenty of news from the Islands with reports from
Geoft McCoy and Victor Ford ... a complete review of surf
movies coming out this season, Bells, a look
at Victoria. Topic is Living on the Earth, Paul Neilsen tells what
it's like to ride Pipeline at 25feet in the
Interview on page 12. Design looks North and South, there's a feature on
aboriginal surfers and lotsa lovely pictures.
Alby Falzon: Diary
of Michael Peterson’s 1972 Australian Championship Design:
is dismissive of the 6’9” board he just won the contest on-
it goes alright but leaves the curl behind and is good for
new pintail - I’m able to turn whenever I need to without breaking the tail
out… works well in very fast hollow walls anything above 8’.
Pat Morgan- two
new 9’ keel-fin guns for big Bells boomers.
"Dapper"Oliver- Twin Fin
and Ian Cairns - new designs. Interview:
Elfick reviews Five Summer Stories, Oceans, A Sea for
Yourself, and Zephyr.Tracks #22 July 1972 Cover:
Kevin Parkinson (South Coast NSW). Interview:
MacGillivray and Freeman on Five Summer Stories.
Bruce Channon, Rodney Judd, Mark Warren, Simon Anderson,
Kingsley Kernouske, Kevin Platt.
Articles by Terry
Fitzgerald and Phil Jarratt
Robbie Newman: Porpoises and
Five Summer Stories. The Islands. Sounds:
John J. Francis
Fins Unlimited: an evolving system
Surfing like everything else is a constantly evolving
During the past 6 years of surfing's evolution, Fins
Unlimited has perfected fin systems that have opened new
areas of the wave.
After all, the fin is the key.
It holds you in trim, creates a pivot point for turning
and affords directional stability and speed.
And what seems more logical than being able to
interchange foil design, outline, depth and the
flexibility of your board's fin to wave conditions, as
well as adjusting fin position forward and aft for fine
For a fin system as variable as the ocean environment,
insist on Fins Unlimited, the variable interchangeable
Cheer Critchlow #6 4A surfer designer has plugged into
the evolution of Fins Unlimited. Fins
Unlimited PO Box 375-F Encinitas California 92024 (???)
SurferAugust 1972 v13n3 page 2.
Tracks # 23August 1972 Cover:
Lots of surfing Contents/Letters: Page 3 features a goofy-foot
on a hollow right hander holding a leg-rope with his
trailing hand. Interview:
Jack McCoy: Summer in Hawaii
Witzig: Fitting out a Kombi van
Honeycomb boards by Jick Mebane
Bob McTavish at
(Bennett Surfboards) is shaping parallel plan shape boards
for full bank wrap turns sunk to the stringer.
Colin Gow: loose
movers built for the tubes of Cronulla Point, Voodoo,
and Shark Island. Film:
Alby Falzon and
David Elfick’s new film on George Greenough.
comments on The Islands, filmed the previous November.
reviews Five Summer Stories.
Cover: Summer Design - the winter that nearly
1972 NSW Schoolboys Championships Interview:
Kevin Platt, Donnie Alcroft, Darryl Dell, Fly, Bill
Cilia, John Arnold, Pat Morgan, Klemm Bell, Cordingly.
Lindsay Bjerre (Tamam Shud) Album
Reviews: Aztecs Live at Sunbury, Marc Bolan,
Manfred Mann, Al Kooper. Film Review : The Islands
#25 October Design:
Mike Davis: Speed Boards and Technique.1972Tracks #26November
Country Surfboards Haleiwa Hawaii (illustrations), Bob Cooper,
Hutcho, Bare Nature. Advertising:
Shane: Customs from $90, Simmon with one of the shaping
ideas (Swallow tail) brought back from the World
Kenno, Glen, Larry all have their own ideas.?1972Tracks #26December Cover:
Noth Shore Report, Paul Neilsen.
Paul Neilsen wins
Smirnoff Contest Film:Five
Summer Stories Design:
Nat and Baddy Treloar on Keel fins. Advertisements:
Woody Surfboards (Nowra)
Illustrated: McCoy, Spirit
of the Sea, Brad
Mayes, Hayden, Lightning
Bolt, McTavish. Also
available : Tom
Hoye (W.A.) San
- Tracks January 1973,
Perak Street Mona Vale 2013 Phones:
Surfblanks has a brand new seven foot blank, it's
probably the fastest shaping blank in the industry.
Everybody knows that a shaper has to put a lot of
time into his surfboards if he wants each one to
really work in the water.
Surfblanks thinks that this time should be spent on
the finer-details that make or break a good design.
If the shaper has to spend up to'75%. of this time
hacking away at a fat bloopy blank shape, chances
are by the end of the day his boards are not looking
as clean as they did this morning.
It's very obvious too that there have been major
changes in surfboard design in the last few months.
Blanks available in lengths of
5, 6, 7, 8 and 9ft.
The 7ft is available in standard or
Tracks #4 January
1973, page 24.
are flatter, rails lower, noses thicker, and rocker flow is more
evenly spread. These features must be easily
extracted from the blank.
Unless the blank has lines that correspond with these new
designs, they won't be, and the shaper will knock himself out
compensating for the inadequacies.
Surfblanks has a standard seven foot blank that is faster to
shape than most any other brand.
The new seven, the one with the gun lines, can be said to be
rapid by comparison.
It has all the features mentioned above and is' half an inch
thinner through the middle.
As always the foam is clean cutting and does not tear.
The cell size is giving good laminating glass jobs and the
density offers strength.
Write in for a free foam sample and current price list.
Please state how many blanks you are interested in.
Surfblanks carries all the materials you'll need for your next
board from cloth and resin to squeegies and fin boxes.
The blanks come in sizes five through to nine feet, with a
choice of standard and gun seven. Tracks #25 October 1974
Young (cover and four more pages).
The surf movie
Snow McAlister on
old-fashioned board making
Goodvibes `Pig of Steel’ adventure by Tony Edwards.
26 - November 1972
Design - Country
Surfboards Haleiwa Hawaii (illustrations), Bob Cooper, Hutcho,
Ad: Shane "Customs
$90, Simmon with one of the shaping ideas (Swallow tail)
brought back from the World Contest. Kenno, Glen, Larry all
have their own ideas."
Surfing Magazine Volume 8 #6
DecJan 1973 The Surf Leash Question?Tracks # 26 - December
Cover Story: Noth
Shore report with Paul Neilsen on the cover.
Paul Neilsen wins
Design: Nat and
Baddy Treloar on Keel fins.
Shane Surfboards, Woody Surfboards Tracks
#29 Feb 1973
Hang Ten Pro at
Sunset Beach by Bernie Baker
Pro, $175 first prize money goes to Andrew McKinnon
eulogy by “Snow” McAlister.
Rogers and Ronnie Goddard.
Tony Edwards (pre
“Goodvibes”) cartoon on the Bitza page.
Surfing World Volume 16
Number 5 , February 1973. Interview: Barry Kanaiaupuni, BK, notes 15 year old Mark Richards
was riding a twin fin at Rocky Point "He rode exceptionally well .
I was really stoked on the way he rode" Geoff McCoy: 11.30
pm Touchdown, Clunk - zrrrr (Hawaii), McCoy meets BK and picks up BK
shaping templates to make the Barry Kanaiaupuni Model here in
Australia. Eastern Winter
Photograph collection: Tube Shooters. Review: Greg MacGillivray
and Jim Freeman's Five Summer Stories. Interview: Marastique (surf band) Centre fold: Ado,
he got thru, Burleigh. Adverting Rip Curl Inflatable Surf
Mat. Barry Bennett Surfboards:
Bob McTavish with his Noosa Shape, Golden Breed, and a George
Greenough flex spoon kneeboard. Shane surfboards
Wallace Surfboards: Frank Latta. Tracks
30 March 1973.
- Peter Townend
Expression Session III
Stones Tour of Australia
News and Opinions: Legropes.
have come in for their fair share of criticism recently. For example:
December 1972 issue of Tracks when John Witzig wrote ". ..or
else you have a leg-rope in which case you're stupid". As two
South-East coast surfers who have used leg-ropes in surf up
to 8' (and over?) we would like to come to the defence of
leg-ropes are out in BIG surf. In order to
give this issue a fair hearing we have compiled a list of
what in our opinion are the advantages and disadvantages of
leg-ropes. Firstly the
of long swims to retrieve board all but done away with;
board doesn't get washed onto rocks or into outcoming
surfers, therefore less dings all round; danger to swimmers
and other surfers diminished greatly and hopefully a
reduction in the tension that exists between the public and
surfers, concerning the danger of swimmers being hit by an
out of control surfboard; less time spent retrieving board
therefore more waves to be had; less chance of :rips, etc,
taking your board out to sea and finally having the
assurance that a long swim is not necessarily imminent gives
the surfer the encouragement to attempt more radical
manoeuvres. Not wanting
to seem prejudiced against those so-called "hotties" who
don't wear leg-ropes we now put forward the leg-ropes'
of rope ripping into board; rope can get tangled around leg,
arm, neck, etc and thus cause bodily harm though we must say
such occurrences are, to our knowledge, extremely rare and
there is also a school of thought that feels that leg-ropes
can cramp or hinder a surfer's style from the psychological
angle. It seems so
obvious to us and we hope to John Witzig from the above
arguments that the advantages of a properly fitted leg-rop
outweigh the disadvantages and we would like to say to all
those surfers who don't wear leg-ropes that's OK with us as
it means that while you're swimming for your board we can
have those waves you're missing. Geoff and
Neilsen into leg-ropes.
March 1973, page 5.
Fin a long base shallow depth, 12" x 5", fin usually
fitted to a plus 7 ft gun pintail shape.
was on high speed stability and increasing length of
turns, particularly in long walls. for example Bells
Morgan Surfboards designs for Wayne Lynch and Nat Young.
on display Yamba Hotel, Yamba NSW. Reported by Ken
Grieves, with thanks.
: Crystal Voyager -features Nat
Young riding an 8ft Pat Morgan Surfboards Pintail,
green laminate with long base Keel fin.
also experimented with the Keel fin in a Twin
right: Pat Morgan and Twin Keel Swallowtail.
Design, Tracks, March 1973, page
6ft 2ins. Width:
sizes length: 11 ins, height: 5 ins. Flat
area around fin sections - some tail lift - Rolled
super well in waves up to 7ft. Over
that try a gun keel.
Chicken surfboard, which was only available during
two six week promos; one in 1973 and again in 1975.
Originally cost $5 when purchased with a bucket of chicken.
Overall height is a little over 4'. 1972 Nat
Backhand a shortened and squared version of Nat Young’s pintail
design with asymmetric rails and a chamfered pod. F Morning of
the Earth, opening Victoria sequence.
The SLSA contines to use the hollow plywood paddleboards
for competition and rescue work.
Norton-Smith moved from Northcliff to Burnie. Pictured
after winning Gold in the National Longboard Relay
at Blacksmith's Beach in 1972-73."
Winged Pin early use of flyer/wing feature, probably
designed by Brunker Spreckles (Hawaii), in conjunction with Dick
Brewer (Hawaii) gun templates and rigid wide base fins by Terry
Fizgerald at his Hot Buttered Surfboards. Early models were
highly prized as much for the spray art, notably by Martin
Worthington, as for performance. Also winged swallow. ANMM
#00001490 and #00001327
1973 Hollow Wave moulded epoxy
honeycomb skin hollow board designed by Karl Pope (USA),
continuing the development of the Morey-Pope Co. Nineteen models
in various colours and tail shapes from 5 ft 10" to 7 ft 10".
Australian use by Peter Townend.
Corky Caroll: The Surf Leash
Question, the beginnings of the leg rope.
(USA) 1973 The Campbell
Brothers came to international attention in 1972, when they
introduced their highly variant three-finned, concave-tailed
Bonzer in the American surfing press.
- Surfer,October/November 1977.
Tracks # 31, April 1973.
Cover: Owl Ripped
Expression Session III No Pants Mance
McTavish: Pods For Primates - a personal history of
surfboard design. Design:
Brian Cregan, John Otten (McCoy?)
Elfick: Hot Buttered Sprays Tracks #33 June 1973
David Elfick: Nimbin
Richard Harvey, current Australian champion.
Pithers featuring Stephen Cooney
Alby Falzon: The
the Power Grinds Over Your Head the Less That Lands on Top of
You - images of Nat and George from Crystal Voyager.
Glen Woodward: Recycle
Ted Spencer model.
Reno Abelliro swallow tails
and Kneeboards by Peter Crawford
featuring Richard Harvey, 1st at Australian Titles, Margret
Gordon and Smith
Surfboards, featuring Peter Townend, 2nd at Australian Titles,
Margaret River, WA.
Rip Curl Wetsuits
Spencers new board and Reno Abelliro’s island quiver?)
Winters Tale and Rod Sumpter's Reflections
Tracks #34 July 1973
Brtothers (Phil, Dave and Chris) of Wollongong.
images of Nat, Richie West and George from Crystal
(Number 3, double page)
Rip Curl Wetsuits
Surfboards and "Freedom Skis", Hastings Street Noosa Heads,
recent move from Brookvale
Surfboards, Box 12 PO Noosa Heads, Queensland, featuring Swallow
tail and Fish models.
Tracks #35 August 1973 Dion surfboard blanks: 4" thick 22" wide and in lengths of 8ft 3", 7ft 8",
7ft 2", 6ft 4" and 5ft 9".
Surfboards: For Sale
John Witzig: The Eclipse of Brookvale,
Page 26: Howard Owen
got this great water shot of Keith Paull when all
south ground swells were around a couple of weeks
ago. How far can a lip throw?
SurferVolume 14 Number
3, September 1973.
Page 85: Pipeline. SURFIN' AROUND Imaginative Tom Morey dropped in with a
prototype for a new water toy he's developed.
It's a flexible, semi-inflatable, closed cell, lite weight,
hi-density, rotationally molded surf form.
You can bend it, shove it, slide it, hop it, twist it.
Says Tom, "the game is not how fast you go; it's the sensations
It's shaped kinda like a knee board with hard low rails, and you
can ride waves with it that weren't possible on conventional
rigid-forms; i.e., gnarly shore pounds, rocky breaks, etc.
How radical can you get with it?
Morey replies, "like with a pen or pencil - a kid will
scribble, a master will create art."
How do you surf it?
And that's gonna be its name.
Floyd and Linda Smith have opened a new San Diego eatery called
Floyd Smith's Eating and Drinking Pub.
Sounds like a bit of Aussie influence in there.
Good food and drink; try 'em!
New from Con Colburn's Control Products, the Sunshine Glass
Kit, a surfboard patching kit of pre-resin impregnated cloth
that goes off in the sun.
Sounds handy for traveling surfers and balsa board owners.
Patching time takes only minutes, with no mess or hassle.
Con also reports that Jim Blears and George Downing rode 15'
point Makaha with Con's ankle leash unit with no sweat!
Possibly a first for a leash in really big surf.
See1973 Jim Neece :
Malcom Cambell's Bonzer. Tracks #37 October 1973
Issue- Wayne Lynch photograph
Dick Hoole &
Jack McCoy- Survival on the North Shore
Bob McTavish- The
- are they better?
Interview - Grant
Dwyer & Mark Campbell
Albert Falzon and
George Greenough’s Crystal Voyager
Tracks #38 November 1973
Tubes - George Greenough photograph
George Greenough, Peter Crawford, Colin Smith, Ron Ware,
Baddy Treloar, Bob McTavish
Edwards- Cosmic tube art
Page 27 Worth Catching- O'Neill Webbed
Greenough’s Spoon kneeboard
McCoy on swallowtails and boards for Hawaii.
Surfboards, Kirra, featuring Keith Paul and Michael
Straalen, Morning Star, McGrigor, and McCoy Surfboards
Winter’s Tale, Crystal Voyager
Keith Paull - Tight and Secure
with Surf Cord
Photo: Keith Paull with Surf
Cord, Burleigh Heads
Delux Cord $7
and Under $5.50
PO Box 88
Byron Bay 2481
Tracks #39 December 1973. Cover: Crystal
Cairns wins the $5000 Smirnoff pro Contest, despite having 15
stitches in his leg.
section won by Michael Ho, with Mark Richards second
Bob Evans- Into
Unknown Part 1 (Worldwide surfari)
Tony Edwards- Captain
goes to Hawaii
Barry Knight, Frank Latta, Steve o'Donnell.
Mona Vale, Rounded pins, Flyers, Swallow tails.
PO Box Noosa
Heads, Michael Cundith, Swallow tails, Lightning Bolt graphic.
Surfboards, Mona Vale
Surfboards (note - about 5ft 4'')
Surfboards, 10 Garden Street, Narrabeen.
O'Neill and Rip Curl. Surfing
Magazine Volume 8 #6 DecJan 1973 The Surf Leash Question?Tracks October 1974
The Definitive Nat Young.
Photograph (cropped) by Ian Steed.
1974 Hawaiian Speed Shapes adopted by
Australian manufacturers, models by Reno Abelleira and Barry
Kana (McCoy Surfboards), Jeff Hakman and Gerry Lopez (Bennett
Surfboards). Lightning Bolt graphics appear on all shapes and
brands much to the licence holders displeasure. 1974
Fang Tail multi pointed tail using flyers set behind the fin by
Nick Daly at Henri Surfboards. Similar in design to the less
common Bat tail.