Somewhere around 1968 or '69, the super-wide double ender V-Bottoms that Lynch was riding gave way to more pulled in outlines, along with dropped rails in the back. The film Evolution documents much of his progress, although the message is lost in Witzig's fuzzy narrative. But if you study the film, it's all there.
The Greenough Spoon was one of a batch of about 8 that I made in 2001. Most of them had the "official" Greenough color work...which is just taped off spray paint.
But a couple of them were left clear, and you can see all the work that went into George's design. Well over 100 hours, and that's if you knew what you were doing!
The fin alone was a two day project...
I don't believe that anyone build hulls that were truer to George's vision than Liddle did. Greg's boards weren't "copies" of George's boards by any means. They were carefully engineered to translate the example that George gave us in the water into a standup form. There were a number of shapers who took a crack at it, but, in my opinion, Greg nailed it.
I rode it so far a handful of times in small 2-3+ surf. It paddles and catches waves like a much longer board. All in all
it is a really easy surfboard, much more friendly than the deep vee.
I rode it with three different fins so far. The 9.75 wilderness was steering the board too much so I put in the
10’ velzy fin with a narrower base. This was a slight improvement but
the fin was still too dominant. The 9.5 phd fin (pictured on the right)
seemed the best choice, the fin disappeared
while riding yet still having enough drive. I ride it 11” up.
All in all a super fun small wave board, kind of like riding a scooter, it is so easy and comfortable.
This is a great shot taken by Tim McCullough at The Duke Invitational Contest in 1967.
This lineup of surfers is remarkably diverse...
From Left to right: Fred Hemmings, unidentified (probably George Downing...who else would get Dora's attention?), Mickey Dora, Paul Strauch, Eddie Aikau, Ricky Grigg, Corky Carroll, Jock Sutherland, with Mike Doyle waxing up in the front. These were the finalists. Bob McTavish, the contestant of note from our perspective, had been eliminated earlier...but only after changing surfing forever in the process.
In the face of today's totally homogenized contest rosters, this is amazing. (Any pic with Dora and Corky in the same place at the same time is amazing!)