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B2471 Surfboat, 'Nola Hubbard', wood / metal / leather made by Bill Clymer, Newport, New South Wales, Australia, 1972, used by North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, North Curl Curl, New South Wales, Australia, 1972-1982. Click to enlarge.

Surfboat used by North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, NSW, 1972

Made
The design of this traditional single-ended plywood surfboat built at Newport, NSW, in 1972 had its origins in the lifeboats developed by the Royal National Lifeboat Society in Britain. For most of the twentieth century the surfboat has been an icon of the Australian beach scene, being used for rescues and featuring in surf life-saving carnivals.

Around 1900 surf bathing became popular, but with it came the risk of drowning in Australia's often dangerous coastal waters. Groups of bathers …

Summary

Object No.

B2471

Object Statement

Surfboat, 'Nola Hubbard', wood / metal / leather made by Bill Clymer, Newport, New South Wales, Australia, 1972, used by North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, North Curl Curl, New South Wales, Australia, 1972-1982

Physical Description

Surfboat, 'Nola Hubbard', made by Bill Clymer, Newport, New South Wales, Australia, 1972, used by North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, North Curl Curl, New South Wales, Australia, 1972-1982.

A single-ender surfboat constructed from cedar, silver ash and plywood with a brass keel band. The boat is complete with four standard oars, a sweep oar, leather foot straps and box line outfit which contains a surfline, safety release belt and sheath knife. The blades of the oars are painted in green and gold, the colours of the North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club. Two metal rollocks can be seen on either side of the boat to accommodate the four oars and another rollock for the sweep oar is fixed to the stern of the boat. When not in use the oars are stored inside the boat on top of four wooden bench seats. The name of the boat has been painted in yellow and green on either side of the boat. A boat signal chart has been fixed inside the bow of the boat.

Marks

Name of the boat 'Nola Hubbard' is painted in yellow cursive text and highlighted in green on the bow of the boat'. 'NORTH CURL CURL' has been painted in yellow and highlighted in green on the stern of the boat.
Maker's plate reads 'Built By / Bill Clymer / Newport NSW'.
Text painted in between two crossed oars on tuck stern reads '50th / 1972 / YEAR'.

Dimensions

Width

1850 mm

Production

Notes

The surfboat was built in 1972 by Bill Clymer of Newport, on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

History

Notes

This surfboat was used at the North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club between 1972 and 1985.

Surfboats have always been a considerable expense for surf life saving clubs. The first surfboat used by the North Curl Curl Club, which was formed in 1922, was a disused one dug out of the sand at North Narrabeen Beach. Named "Barracoota", the boat had been built by Charlie Proudfoot and was one of the original "banana boats". It was very heavy and required much effort to launch it for training. The next boat was purchased from the Freshwater club in 1931 for 30 pounds. Named "Whitewings", this boat was followed by "Bluebottle", then "Sam Lands IV" in 1936. After the Second World the curiously-named surfboat "Boofa" was put into action; it was named after an Alsatian owned by a Mr Bostock of the Manly Amusement Pier, who donated money towards its cost. During the 1948-9 season the swimming costume manufacturer Jantzen (Aust.) Ltd, financed the "Jantzen" followed by "Jantzen II" in 1952-3.

Warringah Shire Council funded the next few boats, the "Tom Golding" used until 1964 followed by the "Kevin Aldridge" and the "Charlie Fourro", all named after club members and patrons. In 1969 the "Snow Huston" went into service and was used until the Club raised funds for the building of this surfboat, the "Nola Hubbard". The boat was named after the former president of the club's Ladies' Auxiliary, who had died in 1971. It was the first boat named after a woman and celebrated the surf club's 50th birthday, in 1972. Nola's daughter, Sherry, and husband, Jack, performed the christening ceremony. The "Nola Hubbard" was used by the North Curl Curl Club for ten years before being donated to the Museum by Kevin Martin, a member of the Club from Wheeler Heights, in 1983. Mr Martin was concerned that the introduction of the lighter, less expensive and easier to maintain foam boats in the early 1980s would see the disappearance of timber surfboats.

Stoneman, Keith. "The Upraised Arm: Fifty Years' History of the North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, n.d. [1972].

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mr K Martin, 1983

Acquisition Date

21 January 1983

Cite this Object

Harvard

Surfboat used by North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, NSW, 1972 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 October 2021, <https://ma.as/212320>

Wikipedia

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