George Greenough is a living legend and unique icon in the surf world. Best known for his innovative surf photography, surfboard designs and ingeniously conceived and constructed devices including everything from wind generators to hand-made air mattresses and blue water fishing boats. When George becomes fascinated by an idea or project, he goes about re-inventing it in a way marked by his unusual signature. He has produced films, sailed the pacific in a 39′ yacht he built in his back yard, built countless toys ranging from ultimately practical to amusingly whimsical in nature.
KEY: O= Original, R= Repaired, RF= Refurbished. Condition of board rated: 1(worst)-10(best)
Length: 5′ 8″
Width: 19″ 3/4
Thickness: 2″ 5/8
In typical Greenough fashion, this interesting shape is much different than most 1960’s shapes. A classic hand shaped kneeboard that is weird, ugly, not very function able to the everyday surfer, yet it has a purpose. The board has a bondo traction pad at the tail, probably included because this was his personal rider board. This strange shape has fiberglass keel foam rolled rails that are as thin as paper. It is a hard thing to ride, you must paddle with your stomach over the fin then jump to your knees if you manage to get enough speed.
O – 5/10
Length: 4′ 11″
Width: 19″ 1/2
Check out this Wilderness: circa 1972
Mike Cundith shaped two of these, one for me, one for the late Ross Wilson. Ross gave me his before he passed away.