SAM 1966

I would like to say a big thank you to Irina for sending me these pictures. I have been looking for this board for years, I really appreciate it.

When I originally spoke to Leo, he could not recall using these clay wheels. I knew of them because my own original board was made in this year 1966, and had these wheels on it. I was 7 years old.

Make no mistake, these wheels were shocking to ride on. They were extremly noisy and would stop dead on the tiniest little pebble. Of course this sudden stop would make you catapolt through the air with your legs running as fast as possible trying to catch up with the rest of your body. You know what I'm talking about. Sometimes you could do it, but mostly you would be travelling too fast and would hit the pavement, loosing the outer layer of skin on all of the exposed joints of your body.

I went through two sets of wheels within a year. There were two reasons for this. Firstly, as there was not very much to do back then, I would be on my board riding most of my spare time , secondly they wore down very quickly.


Sam 1 1967sam 2 1967sam 3 1967

I sent these pictures to Leo and this is what he wrote regarding this particular board.

Leo March 2009

It is a very early board from when I was still in Chaleyer St., Rose bay.  The axle passed through a piece of steel tubing that was welded to the pivoting steel wheel truck part.  Later on after I had moved to Erskineville the pivoting part was made longer and it was bent to take the axle that the wheels were placed on.

 The wheel assemble metal parts are painted with a hammertone type paint where as latter they were plated. 

 The bolt going through the rubber has a hex angle head which would require a spanner to screw it in during construction.  Later it was a  rounded head screw type bolt with a slot in the head.  This required a screw driver instead of a spanner for construction.

 Originally I used a hardened hex angle steel part machined out to accept the loose ball bearings.  Inside the wheels was a metal hardened cup to take the balls and the other side of the balls rested on the hex angle part just mentioned.  I believe this Surfa Sam has that arrangement.

 I have no recollection whatsoever of ever using the red wheels.  From the photographs I have no doubt that they are mine.