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Tracks : Victorian Design,  1976.
Wayne Lynch : Rip Curl Surfboards
Kym Thompson : Water Cooled Surfboards Willie Muncey : Soul Creation Surfboards
Richard Harvey : Klemm-Bell Surfboards
Number 67, April 1976.

A one page article featuring four shapers currently working in Torquay, Victoria, notably Wayne Lynch and Queensland's Richard Harvey.
Generally rounded pintails, some with flyers, lengths range from 6ft 6" to 7ft 7".
Unfortunately, the attached images are of very poor quality.

After stints at Shane Surfboards Harvey was working freelance in Torquay at Klemm-Bell Surfboards.
Starting in the mid-1960s in Melbourne, the company moved to Torquay in the early 1970s and by the time Harvey arrived Lynch, Thompson and Muncey had already shaped boards there.

The magazine also includes a dramatic photo of Pipeline, the goofy-foot surfer not identified.

Also see:
Harvey Surf: Balsa Board and the Frontal Flyer.

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Victorian Design
Photographs by Steven Cooney.
Wayne Lynch
Rip Curl Surfboards

My surfboards are basic all round tail pins with the widest point just ahead of centre with a long feed into the tail.
That smooths the water out before it gets under my feet so that all I do is stand there, on top of a very light vee, and to lean back is to stop and to lean forward is to go.
That's the basics of it.
I want to get it that simple.
The rails are pulled under with a hard rail underneath but a soft rail elsewhere.
Just about everything I ride is 19*" wide, no matter what length, pretty narrow surfboards.
These are all I've ever really cared about.
They to for me and they go for a lot of other people too.

They're the most refined surfboards there are.
My fins are very simple.
All I do is put area in the base and take as much as possible out through the tip so that the pressure of the fin is as close to the board as possible.

Kym Thompson
Water Cooled Surfboards

These boards are basically the same as the ones I used to make at Klemm-Bell.
I started getting a big response to them and had the opportunity to make them for myself.
Mainly I'm into pintail flyers, generally double flyers, but I'll shape anything that's got a nice clean line.
The boards you just photographed, the blue one I've been riding for quite a while now.
It's 6ft 6" by 20" wide with double flyers.
The first flyer is 9" off the tail and the second one's 15".

I rode single flyers for a while and I took one to Bali which went really well.
When I got back I kind of felt that the more flyers you had the more zap you got out of the board, so I went to double flyers.
I've also gone from paper thin foil at the back to a thicker back.
Those thin jobs are good in good waves, but the rest of the time they don't work.
This board has a flat deck with a bevelled off rail tucked under to a hard edge.
It means you've got a soft rail with one hard point where the water will release.

The longer board is pretty much the same. 
It's 6ft 10" by 19 3/4".
It's got a little bit more meat in it for bigger waves.
There's nothing worse than being caught inside at Bells on something you can't paddle.
The fins on these boards are quite important.
The idea is that they only act as guides to stop the back from sliding around.
The base area is the same as most fins, but there's very little curve in the fin so that as the water travels down it, it's instantly released.
So what you're doing is virtually turning off your rails, the fin has very tittle to do with it.

Willie Muncey
Soul Creation Surfboards
6ft 10" by 19 1/2" with 5 1/4" lift and 3" tail lift.
The bottom has a very soft roll around the tail, running into a flat.
The rails are low, but tucked under to a soft edge, which I find gives me more release.
The fin is the dolphin shape that I've been into for a few years now, but I've taken a lot of area out of the base to loosen the whole tail up.
This boards got a lot more curve than most boards but I find I can get anywhere on the face of the wave with it.
I can turn virtually anywhere.
The smaller board's 6ft 5" by 19 1/2" and pretty much the same thing on a smaller scale.
Its got that same natural curve, 5" in the nose and 2 3/4" in the tail.
It's got direction and power.
Just about all my boards are pin

Richard Harvey
Klemm-Bell Surfboards

You've recently come down to Victoria to do some freelance shaping for Klemm-Bell?
Yes, that's I basically what it is.
I'd like to get a system going where I have a place in each stale where I can go and work.
Then when the season is happening there I can get good waves and shape some boards.
I'll work here until Easter, go to Sydney and shape for a while, then head up to Queensland, then a couple of months in Bali, then back to Australia again.

Are all your own boards pintails?
It's just surfing the line of the board, not forcing it to go anywhere.
Because I'm shaping my own boards I can shape the curves I want to ride.
My balsa board is a classic board because the curve is constant through out.
You've got so much more accuracy because you can aim for a point and know it's going to take you straight there.

Where did you get the balsa board?
A French guy helped me shape it in France.
He'd worked with Diffenderfer and he knew a lot about balsa.
I've had it for two years and it still hasn't dated.
That's something about a pintail, it doesn't date.

You've got five boards ranging from 6ft 10" to 7ft 7" and yet I've seen you ride the big one in very small waves.
Yeah, it just depends on what mood I'm in. what I want to do at the time.
I've ridden the 6ft 10" in eight foot waves and
7ft 7" the in four foot waves.
It goes really well in small waves.
It just runs along, everything is linked up.
The 6ft 10" is just the opposite.
You can take it to a point and just drop it and start all over again.
I think a shaper has to ride a lot of different boards to keep up with what's happening

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Rip Curl Surfboards
Wayne Lynch Design, circa 1976.

 Wayne Lynch Model, 1971.

Number 67
April 1976.


Geoff Cater (2020) : Tracks : Victorian Design, 1976.