primates : a catalogue of surfboards in australia since 1900
history : the boogie
DUKE KAHANAMOKU 1976 Surfing Contest
Part of the 1976 Duke Kahanamoku
Invitational Surfing Championships starring Larry Bertlemann.
1976 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational,
Sunset Beach (11th December)
1st James Jones (H)
2nd Michael Ho (H)
3rd Larry Berltemann (H)
5th Peter Townend
6th Ian Cains
7th Michael Peterson
8th Jonathon Paarman (SA)
Herbie Fletcher initiates the rebirth of noseriding on a 8ft board
with a squared nose derived from Gordon and Smith's The
Stretch (1966) with a narrow swallow-tail introduced by Ben Apia in 1974.
A photo of him nose riding the board at
Maalaea, Maui, appeared on a cover of Surfer in 1976.
Also Tom Morey article: What
ever happened to Nose riding? (Surfer, 1980??)
Twin Fin II
adaptation of 1976 Fish design by Mark Richards and Dick Brewer
6 ft x 20" flyer swallow tail with vee
bottom and twin Brewer wide base fins.
Particularly suited for small waves it
dominated 50% of the market by 1980..
Modern Malibu resurgence of plus 9 ft
traditional Malibu template but with modern construction (light
weight, note leg rope use) and design features (particularly
rails) by Bob McTavish, Bob Cooper and others.
Becomes an industry standard for small
wave use, greying of the market and 1960’s nostalgia.
Interview with Peter Drouyn outlining his
man-on-man contest format.
"The Alex McKenzie"
By 1972 Inshore Rescue
Boats had made their appearance on the life saving scene, it was
decided to set up a study group to consider the advisability of
acquiring such a craft.
When the report was
tabled it was resolved not to buy one.
Two more studies were
undertaken before it was resolved in 1977 to invest in such a
Funnily enough, the
person to move the first motion negating the proposed
acquisition was the member who moved to buy the craft five years
Application was correctly made to
have half of the cost borne by a Federal Government Assistance
Scheme, but unfortunately the application got fouled up in the
Illawarra Branch, leading to much conflict between the club
The problem was finally
resolved by State Centre of the Surf Life Saving Association
meeting half the cost from options not taken up from the
original allocation of funds.
Named after Alex McKenzie, then
mine host of the Imperial Hotel, Clifton and a great club
supporter, it was launched on the 4th December, 1977 by Mrs.
Fitzgerald, wife of popular member Alan Fitzgerald, who was
President of the Seagulls section of the club for some years.
For a number of years
the running costs of the craft were sponsored by Liverpool
Chrysler (through Mr. Max Doyle of that Company).
craft has proved its work as a rescue unit, as a surveillance
unit, !IS a work boat and still continues to give service in
Mini Mal smaller (7 to 8 ft) version of
Modern Mal above by Bob McTavish approximating first short board
designs of 1967-8.
By the end of the 1980’s has become an
industry standard with the application of Thruster fins.
Breakway, December 1977
- Feature Article with 16 year old Tom
Pipeline, 1979. Photo: Bob Barbour
Asymmetric intentional asymmetric
template and tail designs for increased performance in one defined
direction, notably by Bob McTavish.
See Hook tail 1963.
Further adaptation by Angulo (Hawaii)
for sailboards in the mid 1980’s
No Nose narrowed nose and widened tail
single fin as a response to twin fin 2 success in small waves, by
See Pig 1958.
Lazer Zap further development of the No
Nose concept by Geoff McCoy based upon his work for Cheyne Horan.
Later models incorporated Ben Lexan
Clinker Bottom Phil Byrne (Byrne
Surfboards) design Twin fin 2 with deep vee bottom and channels in
front of fins to extend wave range.
A ‘stiffening’ of this design as
opposed to Geoff McCoy’s ‘loosening’ of the single finned Lazer
REFERENCES FOR THIS SECTION
1992 Stell, Marion K.
: Pam Burridge
Collins Angus & Robertson
Publishers (Australia) Pty. Limited
A division of Harper Collins
Publishers (Australia) Pty. Limited
25 Ryde Road, Pymble NSW 2073,
1997 Warshaw, Matt : Surfriders
In Search of the Perfect Wave
Tehabi Books, Inc. Collins
Publishers, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
1978 Warwick, Wayne A
Guide to Surfriding in New Zealand Second Edition
Viking Sevenseas Ltd Wellington, New
1979 Young, Nat ;
Photographs by McCausland, Bill: Nat Young’s Book of Surfing
A.H. & A.W. Reed Pty. Ltd. 53
Myroora Rd, Terry Hills, Sydney.
1983 Young, Nat with
McGregor, Craig : The History 0f Surfing
Palm Beach Press,40 Palm Beach Road,
Palm Beach NSW 2108
1985 A History of
Australian Surfing Nat Young.
1971 Modern World
July Shane Steadman/Terry Fiztgerald (possibly) :
'Surfboard Design' pages 30 to 36.