Throughout the 60’s and 70’s the surfboards being manufactured in Brookvale were of the highest quality. Back then everything was built by hand under the one roof. This hands on approach allowed for fast development in surfboard design and each board was produced as an artwork and reflection of the craftsmanship that had gone into it.
With the millennium came the digital age of high quantity production and modern technology. Machines & computer programs increasing efficiency and reducing costs became the norm and the routine efficiency & repetition killed the creativity of the surfboard industry.
From the 50’s to the 90’s surfboards had changed drastically but with the introduction of offshore production, machine shapes and modern materials, surfboards have gone from works of art, built by skilled craftsman to a variation of bright white pointy thrusters that have been purchased online based on the litres.
Here at Bennett’s we’ve been building surfboards since 1956 and are strong believers in doing things the old school way. As an ode to the golden days we have decided to take a step back, slow down and take the time to build these two boards with a stringer glue up that demands patience to get it right. The split stringers were popular back in the day and are a reflection of the work that goes into gluing up blank.
The 9’4” is a remake of a 1967 classic Bennett, this one was shaped by the hands of Sam Tehan and has been finished off with a full gloss polish. The ‘7’6” has been shaped by Steele Lewis and features a beautiful outline built for speed and smooth flowing lines.