Midget Farrelly Pro Champ GT 1972 Coolite by Haminex. This early 1970’s moulded polystyrene foam board with a fin was an adaptation of the paipo/surf-o-plane design mostly ridden prone and used principally by juveniles. Polystyrene foam boards were first marketed in Australia in the 1960s following the success of along a low-cost portable insulated food or beverage container, brand name Coolite. By 1965, the Coolite was sharing the waves of Sydney with the now traditional surf-o-plane, introduced in the late 1930s and with established rental franchises at many beaches. The first boards bore the Coolite brand and subsequent models; including Midget Farrelly, Pipeliner; retained the generic name. Advanced models used a moulded rubber fin, e.g. this Midget Farrelly GT badge model. 1980’s models were inserted in a woven fabric cover to limit foam damage. In the 1970’s small groups of riders adapted production models, usually by fitting fins, to circumvent beach restrictions. See all photos of battle scars around her.
Sold 12 April 2022