Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Again this board was in for some
minor work. But it has to be added.

It is in original condition.
A few repaired dings here and there.

9'8 3/4" x 21 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Wide point 9 1/2" behind centre
Nose 15 1/2"
Tail 15 1/2"
Pod 5"


Nathan Oldfield said...

Phew! That is one gorgeous old girl!

PLATTY said...

It sure is Nathan. Stole a template off it. I'm tempted to draw it out on that 10'4" blank.

Geoff Cater said...

A highly significant board.
Following the 1964 World Contest at Manly, Cabell's current board was reproduced by McDonagh Surfboards.
Bob McTavish (in 1973)considered it the precedent in the development of the "thin-rail," typified by Nat's "Sam," (1966).
As opposed to Phil Edwards' "functional" style, "Cabell really impressed some with his opposite approach.
His thing was to stuff himself into (the) curl at every opportunity, foresaking (sic) almost anything to do it, then dress up the situation with a noseride if possible.
This meant the wave became everything, every nuance and change in the rate of peel had to be answered.
He rode high, swooping out of the top to accelerate, trimming it through, then stepping up to hold it back in there as long as he could.
This approach captured the imagination of those that had the nice waves to work on, so up at Noosa it got going, with (Bob) Cooper, Russell Hughes, Algie Grud, myself, Kevin Platt, making the boards to suit at Hayden's (Surfboards, Alexander Headlands)
Shorter, 9'- 9' 6" fuller throughout, thin rails, finer.
Cabell's model made at McDonagh's (Surfboards, Brookvale)was the forerunner.
The Hayden boards soon took on in Sydney, Brian Morris and Bondi guys took to them."
- Bob McTavish:Pods for Primates Part 1, Tracks, March 1973 (edited).
The sequence of Cabell at Angourie in 1964 in Midget's book is illustrative.