Gordon Woods Surfboard (Circa 1958)

Surfboards

Identifer:
S.419
Dimensions
Length: 10.4167 ft
This board is a beautiful example of fine, wood craftsmanship and alternative methods of creating lighter-weight surfboards, as well as being a rare and highly collectible model. After Greg Noll and some other american surfers visited Australia in 1956, the old 16-footers seemed extremely outdated to the local surfers. Unfortunately, most of the good balsa was going to California, so in an effort to replicate the lightness of balsa, shaper Gordon Woods began to manufacture hollow boards utilizing the Malibu Chip templates that he took off of a board that Greg had left behind. This process lasted only a very short period, 18 months or so. Balsa then became a little more available and foam was soon to follow.