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Surfblanks Australia - why we do it...

Ready to go and waiting in the racksReady to go and waiting in the racks"People who love surfboards love Surfblanks foam"

Surfblanks Australia's physical home is in Brookvale, right by the beaches of Dee Why, Curl Curl and Freshwater, thirty minutes north of Sydney. Freshwater Beach is the birthplace of Australian surfboard riding triggered by the visit of Duke Kahanamoku, the board he made, and the waves he rode at Freshie in 1914.

Dee Why, Curly and Freshie form the heart of the Sydney Northern Beaches. These beaches stretch from Manly to Palm Beach and have produced more surfing World Champions than any other on the planet. Manly was the birthplace of the World Championships in the 1960's, amateur at first*, then morphing off into professional (more like birthing professionalism), as surfing broadstreamed into whole world consciousness. Today on the SNB every form of wave riding can be seen and experienced, every craft that ride/rode a wave is /was/will be made here.

Freshie Boat Crew 1964 - Photo: Ron PerrotFreshie Boat Crew 1964 - Photo: Ron PerrotBrookvale is the 1960's birthplace of the modern Australian surfboard manufacturing industry.

First there was local wood (from 1890's) solid sugar pine, followed by plywood (often Australian cedar), Equadorian balsa in the late 1950's, then urethane (early 1960's). EPS/epoxy rushed in and out during 1957-58 (resurfaces every 10 years).

At one time (early to mid 1960's) there were up to six urethane blank makers in Brookvale competing for the exploding custom surfboard market. 2009 sees just two SNB blank makers after the brief surge that followed Clark Foam USA's closure.

Stop here, now, if you want to get into what really counts – the blank drawings – and the rest of the site!  You can always come back later, if your attention span allows!

Midget Farrelly created Surfblanks Australia in order to break a local monopoly that was strangling the surfboard industry by offering unlimited credit (on blanks and materials) while at the same time competing against its customers by retailing finished surfboards at wholesale prices.

Midget's first passion was surfboard making (from age 14) but he recognised the reality of having to become a foam maker in 1968 as he watched long established brands go out of the industry with huge blank and material bills they could not support.

Surfboard makers are creative people. Their product is more like art than consumer product. They inspire other surfers with new design, shape and colour. Their joy comes from what they make with their hands. Being business minded is near to last on their priority list.

To this day Midget encourages shapers/makers to avoid debt (blanks and materials), look at their bottom line and be profitable so that they might stay in the industry they love.

1970s blanksThe image at left was shot in the early 1970's in the West Street, Brookvale factory, which is still in operation.

Blank shapes were quite limited as surfers all rode much the same design, ie seven foot, single fin, down railers.

Very few females were surfing in these times and it would be another twenty years before longboards re emerged and opened the door for everybody to participate.

Most of these blanks went to the far reaches of Australia and even though there were three other foam makers, exporting blanks had not really begun.

The formula for the foam of these times was very basic compared to what Surfblanks makes today. If the same foam was used it would be said to be big celled, heavy and soft by comparison.

Today Surfblanks Australia ships foam blanks to shapers all over the world.

Surfblanks Australia also ships foam system (for making blanks) to South Africa, Brazil and Mexico. Surfblanks Australia's sister foam making companies are shown in the Links section.

Over the years Max Wetteland in Durban and Fernando Camara in Brazil have contributed greatly to what is now the current Superwhite formula. Max is directly responsible for encouraging Midget to develop the  unique foam glue that bonds the foam to the stringer so that no glue line is visible (unless coloured).

This foam glue makes a triple cedar stringer blank look sensational as there is no gapping along the glue lines next to the cedar, so only the white of the foam butts up against the red of the cedar.

This is very hard to achieve with resin glue ups and even MDI glue can be unsightly.

Surfblanks Australia, Africa and Brazil.

These three factories are the exclusive producers of Superwhite Foam blanks. Midget, Max and Fernando have shown a life long passion and committment to surfboard foam making at the highest possible standard. Through all the ups and downs of competitors trying to muscle into the worldwide market with substandard product and cutthroat prices, the three factories have continued producing foam blanks that are way beyond the quality levels others struggle for or can imagine. Long time users will often relate that they have finished boards out there that have been ridden for the last three to five years, and are still good. Happy owners too!

Surfblanks Africa - Morgan Ngcobo light checks a Superwhite Mega/Blue (left) & (right) Surfblanks Brazil - ready to ship - up to 600 per day!Surfblanks Africa - Morgan Ngcobo light checks a Superwhite Mega/Blue (right) & (left) Surfblanks Brazil - ready to ship - up to 600 per day!

Pacific Iso Foam

Surfblanks Brazil has a secondary formula know as Pacific Iso Foam. This is a cheaper, faster cutting foam designed for budget minded Brazilian shapers. While Pacific Iso Foam whiteness does not match Superwhite Foam, the cell is very fine and the blank weights are identical to Superwhite.

Surfblanks Australia is now producing Pacific Iso Foam in blank form for those surfboard manufacturers who need to make a substantial saving on their material costs. Local Sydney shapers acknowledge the firm structure of this foam, even after deep cutting, and the fact that like all other brands (except Superwhite and SBUSA) it needs to be sprayed white for UV protection. This foam, beautifully processed as it is, really only matches whatever else (one level down) is out there! You might not want a pro surfer to ride this foam but a retailer (surf shop) would love it!

Pacific Foam: Same mould - same weight - different formula (left) & (right) Pacific Foam makes great longboard blanks too!Pacific Foam: Same mould - same weight - different formula (left) & (right) Pacific Foam makes great longboard blanks too!

Take the time to read the foam and wood products introductions to better understand what we do.

Our policy and guarantee outline what you might expect from our products.

Bright Resin that finishes with a blue tinge - Lam, Sanding & FinishBright Resin that finishes with a blue tinge - Lam, Sanding & FinishThe Quick Reference Chart for blanks may lead you straight to what you want size and shape wise.

Our blanks are separated into four families. These families are growing all the time, so expect to see regular additions.

Surfblanks Australia holds about 7000 blanks at any one time ready for shipment.

We offer most all the accessories needed to make a surfboard. We specialise in surfboard fibreglass fabrics and Australian Polyester Surfboard Resin. The formulation for this resin was created in our Brookvale lab and is bulk manufactured by larger processors.
* The original amateur World Championships are run to this day by the ISA.

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