Backdoor, April 1977
Contests - Stubbies, Michael Peterson
and Mark Richards final.
- Bells preview.
Peter Townsend in Hollywood to make Big
Interview - Jackson Browne.
Design - Geoff McCoy
Surf[Aust],1977 Vol.1 No
Vintage Surf[Aust] mag,September 1977 Vol.1 No5. 1977 Twin Fin II
adaptation of 1976 Fish design by Mark Richards and Dick
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.
: Get the Real Thing - A Personal Twin Fin Design History Surfer Volume 19 Number 4,
November 1978. Page 65.
Surf Volume 1 Number 4 June-July
1977 Cover: Reno
Abellira riding twin fin fish at Burleigh Heads. Cathedral Rock EFCO Stubbies
Surfing Classic, with MP, Ian Cairns , Shaun Tomson , Paul
Neilson , Mark Richards and stringer, Bruce Raymond, and
"young Sydney hotshot," Tom Carroll. Centre fold:
Michael Peterson 1977 Rip Curl &
Mordy Bells Beach Easter Open, Simon Anderson 1st, with
Hawaiians Bobby Owens and Rory Russell, Wayne Lynch
as advisor to Cheyne Horan, Michael Peterson with Aragorn
single fin, Mark Warren, Brian Cregan, Shaun Tomson, Try
Fitzgerald, Col Smith, Chris Byrne. Alan Oke Memorial
Contest at Express Point Phillip Island Advertising Midget Farrelly
Surfboards with superb gloss colours and resin pin lines. Salt Water
Surfboards, with Gary Hughes surfing Hawaii.
Greenough, Michael Cundith and Chris Brock develop the
Tri-plane Hull at Sky Surfboards, Byron Bay.
An extension of the Hull design, first
used in Greenough's Spoon
circa 1965, it incorporates dual concaves.
It would be a direct influence on Al
Merrick at Channel Island Surfboards, Santa Barbara, and
ridden by Tom Curren.
While Greenough kneeboard designs
mostly retain his favoured single fin, Cundith and Brock use Twin
fins for their stand-up versions.
As well as experimenting with bottom
design, Cundith and Brock also modified the fins with the use of
slots to increase their flex characteristics.
Chris Brock and Triplane Hull, 1977. Sky Surfboards, Byron Bay. Photograph : Don
Blach. Surfer Magazine, June 1978. Volume 19 Number 2
Michael Cundith Slotted Twin Fin , 1977. Sky Surfboards, Byron Bay. Photograph : Don
Blach. Surfer Magazine, June 1978. Volume 19 Number 2
September 1977 Volume 1 Number 5
page 8 Probably
the first Australian to dig in on the North Shore
for this winter was none other than the wounded gull
himself, Mark Richards. Apart
from the obvious reason of wanting to settle in
early and adjust his surfing and thinking to the
tune of things on the North Shore, the Gull wants to
pick up where he left off last season with shaping
lessons from the one and only Dick Brewer. Mark
said that after shaping about 10 boards with Brewer
he really felt he had improved substantially. Brewer,
he says, taught his mind to keep pace with his
hands, so that now he is shaping a board in about
four to five hours, whereas, before, it was taking
anything up to 10 hours to shape a board.
felt that he was pretty fortunate in getting to meet Brewer as
he only expressed a desire to have
him shape a board, when a friend said he'd take him
and introduce him
to Brewer. After
some design rapping, Brewer asked Mark if he was
interested in learning to shape, the Gull of course
seized the opportunity. You
might ask, what's in a name.
Well, for a Dick Brewer hand shaped custom blank only,
you pay $US100, and for a gun (nine longer) you
could pay up to $200.
Brewer and Richards, trading theories, 1977. Surf
Volume 1 Number 5 page 8.
Steve Butterworth and Channel bottom, 1977.
Volume 1 Number 5
Aquanetics Surf and Dive
1374 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, California.
Shapes by Michael Sagus (Australia) and Dennis McDonald
The 1977 advertisement also features Hand Woven
Macrame Surf Leashes.
Surf [Aust], November 1977 Vol.1 No
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 Hebie Fletcher in California-Hawaii and Bob McTavish,
Bob Cooper and others in Australia.
Becomes an industry standard for small wave use, greying of the
market with an infusion of 1960’s nostalgia.
thoughts by Bob McTavish and others Photos by Peter Green
When we put the small
board together we had a principle in mind — to combine
the speed area in the turning area. This meant you could keep
the power through your turn, resulting in today's
arcing power surfing. OK. That's fine when there's
enough room to carve - size wise head high or over,
surface smooth. But what about the
all-too-common small days, sloppy days, just plain
junk days? And those perfect peeling
point mini-days? Re-enter the big board. With its many square-feet
of soft planing area it glides over dead spots,
connects the power pockets and develops phenomenal
speed from small weak waves. That's the starting point. "No matter what people say
about the short board being faster, I'll never believe
it, because with the longer board, you just end up
further down the beach." - Phil Edwards, all-time master surfer.
other day at the point I dropped in on a guy on a small
didn't think he had a chance. The wave was about six feet I
trimmed my big board for all it was worth, then added a stretch
five. It really threw over and I was right
in there for a couple of seconds. Then the guy on the small board
appeared below me. We both got bombed. I felt lousy. He came up hooting!! Is the big board faster? It's a case of float or fly. When you need the float, the big
board is fasten when there's the power to fly, the small board
is faster. Lance Carson is
back" - a message scrawled on a Santa Monica building. Who? you ask. Lance was king of malibu (sic) in the early sixties. What's malibu? Ultimate delight in trim surf. Says Lance of small boards - "I
never got on one, never will."
Surf [Aust] November
1977 Volume 1 Number 6
McTavish : It's much more fun than it looks...and it looks
Bob McTavish on reprising the
longboard/Malibu design for the late 1970's... SurferMagazine
Vol 18 # 4 November 1977 pages 102 - 103. 1977
The Mini Mal- a smaller (7 to 8 ft)
version of Modern Mal above by Bob McTavish approximating first
short board designs of 1967-9.
By the end of the 1980’s has become an
industry standard with the application of Thruster fins.
1977 Free Ride by Bill Delany
with ground breaking water footage by Dan Merkel, is released.
Featuring the surfing of Mark Richards,
Rabbit Batholomew and South African, Shaun Tomson
The definite film of this period.
Off the Wall becomes a major focus of
Documents Tomson's 'turning inside the
Shaun Tomson, Off The Wall, 1977.
Photograph : Dan Merkel Surfing
Magazine February 1980.
Number 2, page 75.
Mark Richards and Twin Fin -
Shaun Tomson and Single Fin Off The Wall, December
Photograph :Lance Trout Surfing
Magazine March 1984
Volume 20 Number 3 page
MR resizes Twin fin design down
to 6ft after several 6 ft 4'' models. -"The green and
blue board" .
Mark Richards and 6 ft
Twin fin, 1978. Photograph :
AitionnSurfing World magazine, April 1979.
Volume 27 Number 6 page
Asymmetric intentional asymmetric
template and tail designs for increased performance in one defined
direction, notably by Bob McTavish.
See Bob McTavish
: Ace in the Hole - The Asymmetric Story. SeanotesMagazine
August/September 1978 pages 38 - 39.
Also note Hook tail circa 1963.
Further adaptation by Angulo (Hawaii)
for sailboards in the mid 1980’s. 1978
No Nose narrowed nose and widened tail
single fin as a response to twin fin 2 success in small waves, by
Geoff McCoy. See Pig 1958.
December-January 1977-1978 Cover article: Ian
Cairns by John
Witzig. Newcastle- Not devoid of its positive aspects, featuring Mark Richards,Steve
Butterworth and Peter McCabe and Nobbys, Cowrie Hole and
Merewether. Terry Fitzgerald: The
Evolving Revolution (design). David Hookes by Phil
Jarratt. Advertising Saffron Boardshorts at
$7.99 a pair (some designs airbrushed by hand). The Kream Gull Surfboards Pure Surfboards Pipeline Legropes The Surf Company (van
Straalen) Surfboards 1979
Simon Anderson and knee-boarder Peter
Crawford introduce moulded plastic boards.
New Look Plastic Surfboards
Despite the failure of earlier
mass-produced surfboards; two new models recently appeared on
the Australian market. Both are made by the same process, but
they are produced and marketed by different companies. "The Slab," a kneeboard designed
by Peter Crawford, is made by the Windsurfer company, while a
Simon Anderson-designed board is sold under the Power label. The boards are made of a rigid
plastic exterior filled with low-density foam. Performance reports have been
good for both models. Peter Crawford was seen ripping
Dee Why Point on a prototype slab, and several Narrabeen
locals put the Power model through its paces. The boards are selling at around
$130 (Australian), $60 cheaper than most custom boards
-something of a bargain, since they appear to be relatively
indestructible. The extent to which surfers are
willing to sacrifice their individuality to simple economics,
however, has yet to be determined.
- At Random Surfing
15 Number 3, May 1979, page 35.
The Best Of Tracks
Number 3, (December?) 1979
Guy Omerod: Ariel Rip Curl Wetsuits
Lazer Zap further development
of the No Nose concept by Geoff McCoy based upon his work
for Cheyne Horan.
Clinker Bottom Phil Byrne at Byrne
A Twin fin 2 design 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