Back in the mid-70's, I was out at Cotton's Point on a big south swell riding one of George's old spoons. Corky Carroll was in the water -- surfing very well, as he had that spot totally wired -- and at one point paddled up to me and said, "I made a stand-up one of those things once."
I wasn't sure if I believed him, or even what he meant by "a stand-up one of those things."
Well, this morning, some 40 years later, I stumbled across these three photos. The Hobie stand up spoon is listed at 7'9'' x 20". It further said it was a one-off Corky tried, and that was the end of it.
So, you have to hand to the Cork...he wasn't afraid to try new things!
The Spherical Revolver was a late 60's hull, manufactured by Harbour Surfboards in Seal Beach.
While the shape seems pretty conventional for the era, the story behind it certainly is not!
After the first wave of Deep V boards were abandoned by the very Australians who pioneered them in 1967...
The next design step for those same, leading edge surfers were hulls with pulled-in tails, and the wide point set much further forward.
When Nat Young, Wayne Lynch and Ted Spencer set off to Europe with Paul Witzig to film Evolution in the summer of 1968, their boards were miles ahead of the rest of the world.
That same summer in France, Mac/Free films turned up with Bill Hamilton, Mark Martinson and Keith Paull in tow to shoot Waves of Change.
Needless to say, on numerous occasions both crews ended up at the same break on the same day...and the design gap was painfully obvious to both the Australians and the Americans.
Martinson later said the Australians were cutting back on waves he and Hamilton had trouble making on their V's!
On the right, Hamilton and Martinson with their problematic deep V's. On the left, Keith Paull with a more sophisticated, wide backed roundtail...
Here's Martinson spinning out in big, fat surf at La Barre on his wide tailed V ...
While Hammo, on his Surfboards Hawaii V, is having better luck in smaller beach break ...
Australian Keith Paull, on a roundtail double ender, was somewhere in between, performance-wise.
The moment of clarity -- from the American point-of-view -- came when Martinson penned a letter to Rich Harbour, describing the board he wanted...a hull based on Nat Young's favorite board that summer in Europe. The same board Nat later rode in the World Contest in Puerto Rico...
In what was probably the most sophisticated ad ever to appear in any surf mag, Harbour simply printed Mark's letter along with a picture of the board they built based on his specs...
Martinson's letter even included rider trim location on the board, and the new track he wanted to take on a wave...
That yellow hull became the Harbour Spherical Revolver...a transition era classic!
The surf has been really bad, non existent here while the water is still around 74, even in Ventura!
a week ago I rode the pig with the finally finished fin at
pv cove. Conditions again really marginal, barely breaking with no push
or any kind of power. Hard to tell in waves like that, I definitely need
to get it in better waves.
I would say it is the easiest to
surf with that fin so far, it definitely works. This nice guy named Craig who
surfs pv cove every day, he's 70 years old and rides frye gliders,
commented on the beautiful board and the handmade fin, but argued that a
fin that thick would create way to much drag. I tried to explain it to
him to no avail.
I finally told him that Phil Edwards used a thickness
to width ratio of 12.5% - while it didn't convince him it at least it
No one seems to understand thick foils....
The original fin, with the thickness built up to around 7/8" with bondo...
This is the new template...
This is the modified fin, almost finished. The rubber bands show the flat area behind the thickest part of the fin...