Monday, 30 March 2015
It`s exactly the same shape as the ones on Midget Farrelly`s first shortboards , indicating it was just about the last longboard he made before all-out production of 8` Vee-bottomed stubbys in May 1967.
Eddies board has all the refinements of those last Malibu boards; it`s thin with sharpish rails, glassed with Volan cloth ( which gives a green tinge to the board ) and has wide rail overlaps.
The 225 on it is a Jersey board registration number, nothing to do with Midget!
The photos of Midget and his first stubby were taken at the November `67 Aus versus USA contest in Sydney. It was the first time the US guys had seen short boards. They arrived with concave noseriders and were overwhelmed to find surfing had moved on to a new level .
Also see Tony's article about the last of the malibus from 2014 here
Tony Cope, 26-3-15
Midget said after the contest -
''I felt quite inspired after watching some of the surfers at the Australian championships at Bells ....the kind of contest where people actually wanted to get out and get more out of a wave than before ... We have realised more and more that we are riding waves in our own way.''
Thanks to Tony, Jeremy and Eddie.
Saturday, 21 March 2015
This film was shown last night at the Lighthouse cinema Newquay as part of the Approachng Lines festival. The venue was great - lots of people, free beer, old boards etc and the film was cool too, a modern day 70s surf movie with slick moves, weirdness and good vibes, and a great soundtrack too.