Hobie Surfboard 9'4" (Circa 1960)
Hobie Surfboard 9'4" (Circa 1960)
Hobie Surfboard 9'4" (Circa 1960)

Hobie Surfboard 9'4" (Circa 1960)

Surfboards

Identifer:
S.41
Dimensions
Width: 22 in
Length: 9.4167 ft
Thickness: 3.5 in
Nose: 16 in
Tail: 15 in
Weight: 26 lb
Ultra-clean never ridden board. After experimenting with foam for a couple of years, Hobie made a breakthrough in 1958, finally achieving the right skin hardness for shapeability with the right core density for strength. He decided to set up a separate foam-blowing operation in nearby Laguna Canyon and recruited one of his glassers, Gordon “Grubby” Clark, to make polyurethane surfboard blanks. Almost immediately, Gidget was released, and surfing (and the demand for surfboards) boomed. “If that movie had come out in the balsa era,” says Alter, “no one could have supplied them.” The new foam boards were called Speedo Sponges and Flexi-Fliers, and Hobie was soon manufacturing 250 a week. Clark eventually took over the foam operation, renaming it Clark Foam. (excerpt from Surfline’s “Surfing A-Z”)