Sunday, 24 November 2013
King Neptune’s Treasure
Paul Gleeson’s Crozier Kneeboard Collection 1974-85
King Neptune above and his collection below
Love the Retro Spray.
Twin Fin next to his modern shaped kneeboard
king neptunes treasure from adam williams on Vimeo.
A story from Mark Richards blog
Chris Crozier Flex Tail kneeboard. Chris was a master glasser, who worked in the surfboard industry in Brookvale during the early 70′s. Brookie was the epicentre of surfboard manufacturing in Australia at the time. It was where Gordon Woods, Barry Bennett and Scott Dillon first started making surfboards.
Some time in the 70′s, because he could ‘do everything’ himself, Chris branched out on his own, and opened a factory in Mona Vale. We sold a lot of his boards in our store in Newcastle. Firstly, he started off with single fins and twin fins, then through his association with Peter Crawford ( legend photographer and kneeboarder) he ended up specialising in kneeboards. The Flex Tail in the photo was a complicated board to manufacture. The board was originally shaped with a tail the same shape as the fibreglass Flex Tail, then the bottom was glassed. Chris would then turn the board over, scoop out the foam from the tail section, and glass the deck, adding extra glass in the tail area. The theory behind the design was that the thin ‘glass tail would give extra bite in turns and the flex would propel the rider through a turn.
This board was also possibly one of the first airbrushed boards in Australia. I was riding McCoy’s at the time, and none of them had airbrush sprays. the common method of adding colour was clear resin tints. Chris sprayed one of my boards that Geoff made for me. This was the first time I had an airbrushed colour on a board.
I am lucky enough to have a Crozier Flex Tail in my own collection of kneeboards pictured below.