Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Early Balsa short boards

A great little piece from Mark Riley's newletter that I thought I would share.

" Congrats Bob Munro for sending me this great 1959 photo - he received a DVD on How to Build a Balsa Wood Malibu and sent me this email:

Hi Mark, thanks for your note, not much to add, the beach in the background was Cronulla, the boards accompanied us on safaris to Qld (gold coast) and a number of the beaches in the Noosa area. We travelled in a 58 Holden van and were the centre of attention when we stopped in a country town as most people had not seen these "short" boardies let alone made out of exotic material. We did further trips all the way to bells where we surfed for a few days with guys that were still on wooden boards, our boards were good performers and handled all round conditions. The boardies (Okanuis) were home made (by mum) and in retrospect we (like some did) should have gone commercial! Thanks for the offer of the dvd its appreciated.
Cheers Bob Munro Ps the other guy in the picture is Ian Walsh. "

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