Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ll be taking a look at a board shaped by Greg Webber. Some of you may remember Webber from his infamous work with Shane Herring in the Nineties, which resulted in a set of blades with almost comical rocker, dubbed banana boards by skeptics.
While Herring never captured the world title that many had penciled in, he did put in some memorable performances atop Webber’s creations. In addition, a few years ago Kelly Slater tapped Webber to design a model for Firewire’s Slater Designs range, named — you guessed it — the Banana.
I was also able to dig up a fantastic video featuring Tom Curren surfing one of Webber’s banana boards. Now, Curren could probably do this on an ironing board with a cement block tied to the back, but Webber’s board sure does look functional to me.
The board featured in today’s post pre-dates both Webber’s work with Herring and Slater. (It’s funny to think how both surfers were — are? — contemporaries. I suppose this is more a testament to Slater’s mind-boggling longevity than anything else.) It is a colorful single fin that Webber shaped for Lightning Bolt under license in Australia. I first spotted this board on Facebook, and the board’s owner was kind enough to give permission to use his pics in this post.
I love the colors on the board. I’m also intrigued by the fact Webber shaped Aussie licenses of the famous Lightning Bolt brand. I know that Webber had done stints at Hot Buttered and Insight, but this is the only example I have seen of a Greg Webber-shaped Bolt.
The board itself looks to be a little more straightforward than Webber’s more infamous shapes. I’m guessing the board was shaped sometime in the late Seventies or early Eighties. Webber is known for his experiments with rocker and concave, and the Lightning Bolt you see above has a comparatively tame channel bottom ending in a single fin. While I love the outline, the color, and the Lightning Bolt label, what I’m really fascinated by is the more conservative design of the board, especially when contrasted with Webber’s later shapes.