|A Home Grown Aussie Brand
A totally unique innovation in 1933 Surfoplane quickly became an iconic Aussie brand.
It was a brand several Australian generations were bought up with including many local champion surfers
Here is a short history of this great brand
The Surfoplane was invented in Australia by a Dr Ernest Smithers and
first demonstrated on Bondi Beach in 1933.
With the backing of Dr Smithers’s hero the famous aviator, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, the Surfoplane was quickly adopted by beach goer’s across Australia and beyond.
In 1934 due to the persuasion of local councils by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith you were able to hire a surfoplane on many popular Sydney beaches.
Coogee Beach in 1934 saw the first of many official Surfoplane races up and down the Australian coast.Quickly the Surfoplane could been seen on the beaches of California, Hawaii, England, South Africa and New Zealand.
There are many stories of Surfoplane’s being used to rescue swimmers in trouble. One such event was the infamous Black Sunday of the 6th Feb 1938, where it was used to help save over 250 people on Bondi Beach after the sudden collapse of a sand bar. The Surfoplane continued its popularity right up to the mid 70’s. It’s not surprising to learn then that many of Australia’s world Champion surfers first took to the water on ‘Surfos’ or ‘Rubberys’ as they were sometime called.
The Surfoplane was the precursor to all Surfmats and remarkably there are still some manufactured in the 1930’s is still out there.That’s Quality.
When the Brand looked as if it was going to disappear, Land & Sea Sports purchase it to preserve an important part of the Australian Surf History.
Surfoplane is now proudly owned by Land & Sea Sports and is set to continue it’s
unique Aussie success story