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These boards measure from 18 to 22 feet in length, and are from 151/2 inches to 18 inches wide, maximum.
They are 4 to 6 inches deep and are constructed out of a hollowed-out Balsa wood hull, covered with fiberglas.
Most commentators regard the role of Bob Simmons as pivotal, however a distinct lack of printed resources and his early death by drowning (26th September 1954), complicate a fully accurate assessment of Simmons' contribution.Traeger Park has occasionally staged pre-season matches for the Australian Football League and National Rugby League.In 2004, an AFL Regional Challenge match between Collingwood Football Club and Port Adelaide Football Club attracted a sell-out crowd of 10,000.Most commentators, often quoting Greg Noll : Da Bull Life Over The Edge (1989), focus on the International Carnival at Torquay and emphasize the occasion as an almost incidental development with dramatic consequences. Unlike the 1956 carnival, the impact of the earlier occasions (Duke Kahanamoku's surfing demonstrations in 1914-1915 and the large representative team sent to the 1939 -1940 Pan Pacific Games in Honolulu) were significantly truncated by the subsequent outbreak of world wars.Unfortunately, although exposure exceeded any previous event, the sport failed in its bid to be an official Olympic demonstration sport and the location (not in the sport's heartland of Sydney, and then some 60 miles outside of central Melbourne) was less than ideal. Impressed with the organization of the carnivals, members of the Californian team adopted many facets of the Australian surf lifesaving movement in the development of their own lifeguard services and there is evidence that the surf ski was of interest to some Hawaiian surfers.
and Hawaiian teams' equipment, Australian lifesavers apparently retained their preference for the hollow timber board into the 1960s and it was not until the 1990s that the belt and reel was replaced by the Torpedo Buoy.