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Gordon Woods

Gordon Woods

The granddaddy of the Brookvale Six, born in 1925, Gordon started riding a home-built canoe in the surf at Bondi in 1939 and progressed from there to building hollow “tooth picks” for himself and surf club mates through the war years. After the war he became serious about building boards and set up Gordon Woods Surfboards, first in Bondi and later at Brookvale.

In 1956 he secured one of the three Malibu boards left by American lifeguards, and it became the model for his modern boards. Gordon Woods Surfboards reached its zenith in 1964 when Midget Farrelly became the first world surfing champion at Manly, riding a “Woodsie”.