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1966 Gordon and Smith Bi-Sect Surfboard, Rare and Important

$9,500.00
Item Number:
5025

This bisect board was the brainchild of Herman Bank, a Jet Propulsion "Rocket Boy" engineer who called his creation "The Multiboard," a term that was quickly usurped by popular reference to it as a "Suitcase Board." Surf brands of the day heralded this design as a major breakthrough and sent their boards to the Multiboard Company to be "Bisected." (Multiboard held the patent to the jig that cut the boards.) For a brief spell the future for Bisect boards looked rosie, unfortunately however for Multibrand the shortboard revolution was just around the corner. Boards went from 10 feet to 7 feet and then 5 feet in the matter of two years, making this a really short chapter in surfing history. Who knew? Definitely not Herman Bank. It's ultra-rare to find a vintage bisect in any form and rarest of all in the G & S (Gordon and Smith) model. Excellent condition given age and use.
 
Nose piece 65.5" long, tail piece 66 1/4" long.

118.5 in.Hx21.5 in.Wx10 in.D 


Place of Origin:
USA
Creator:
Herman Bank (Inventor), Gordon & Smith (Manufacturer)
Of the Period:
Mid-Century Modern
Date of Manufacture:
1966
Period:
1960-1966
Materials:
Fiberglass, Foam, Metal
Condition:
Excellent original condition. Extremely minor wear is consistent with age and use. .
Wear:
Minor, consistent with age and use
Length / Height:
118.5 inches (301 cm)
Width:
21.5 inches (55 cm)
Depth:
10 inches (25 cm)

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This bisect board was the brainchild of Herman Bank, a Jet Propulsion "Rocket Boy" engineer who called his creation "The Multiboard," a term that was quickly usurped by popular reference to it as a "Suitcase Board." Surf brands of the day heralded this design as a major breakthrough and sent their boards to the Multiboard Company to be "Bisected." (Multiboard held the patent to the jig that cut the boards.) For a brief spell the future for Bisect boards looked rosie, unfortunately however for Multibrand the shortboard revolution was just around the corner. Boards went from 10 feet to 7 feet and then 5 feet in the matter of two years, making this a really short chapter in surfing history. Who knew? Definitely not Herman Bank. It's ultra-rare to find a vintage bisect in any form and rarest of all in the G & S (Gordon and Smith) model. Excellent condition given age and use.
 
Nose piece 65.5" long, tail piece 66 1/4" long.

118.5 in.Hx21.5 in.Wx10 in.D 


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