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From the workbench of Mr. Putnam. Dude has both taste and talent.

George Greenough: 1962 Balsa Spoon

1962 was a pivotal year for the Greenough design arc. For starters, he developed the first solid glass flex fin...after the 'D' fin on his S-Decked kneeboard led to a serious injury. The the board stuck in a track on big wave and swatted him when he wiped out.

 

That year, George procured a nice selection of balsa in order to build his "baby surfboard." That board was 7'8'' x 22" in an era where when petite women rode 9 footers...

 
 

There was enough leftover balsa for a new kneeboard...so he shaped a 4'11'' x 21'' board with a scooped out deck. The first spoon!

 

Named "Velo," the temple was based on the outline of an arc tailed power boat...


It was remarkably sophisticated from every perspective...



He rode it at Sandspit in the footage that appeared in the opening of The Endless Summer.


In 1965, George used that same board as a male mold to build the first flexible spoon kneeboard...a quantum leap in design that today, over 50 years later, is still ahead of even the most advanced stand up boards... 




Epilogue: The first felxy Velo model was nearly lost when a scallywag from Santa Cruz tied to make off with it during a museum showing. (A card-carrying socialist, the culprit was overheard screaming, "Power to the people!" as he ran out the door...to the howls of laughter from the museum goers.) Fortunately, a surveillance cam caught the bugger in the act. He was identified and summarily placed in jail...resplendent in his 99 cent flip-flops, redneck trucker hat, and Magnum mustache. Sad!


Stringerless Sunday


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is one of the funnest looking transition era boards we've seen on the net.

It's a John Arnold, shaped by Wayne Dale. You can just make out the initials WD on the serial number.

7'3'' x 22"

Dirt, 1976

I was set up with my camera at Malibu, snapping a few pics after a lengthy go out on a nice south swell. Steve Krajewski turned up with bun-huggers and the original "Jaws" model -- 7'3'' x 22.5" x 2.75'' --  and started riding set waves from the top of 3rd Point into 1st. No one else was even coming close to connecting the whole point. Every bottom turn jumped him into the next gear, speed-wise. Just stunning.

BTW, this was a long hull at that time.

Hard to believe that was over 40 years ago!