Vic Tantau Balsa "Pig" Surfboard top view

Vic Tantau1958

Australian National Surfing Museum

Australian National Surfing Museum
Torquay, Australia

Vic Tantau was a Torquay surf lifesaver and surfer in the 1950s who was among the first to surf at Bells Beach, became a pioneer Victorian surfboard manufacturer, an instigator of the Bells Beach Easter Rally in 1962 and a driving force behind the Australian National Surfing Museum being established in Torquay. One of the first to make balsa-cored fibreglass surfboards for Victorian surfers in the late '50s out of a factory in the Melbourne suburb of Moorabbin, this is a Tantau balsa "Pig" design (developed by Californian shaper Dale Velzy). It is an unusual shape that features reduced nose area and a wider tail than typical boards of the era.

top view


  • Title: Vic Tantau Balsa "Pig" Surfboard top view
  • Creator: Vic Tantau, Vic Tantau
  • Date Created: 1958, 1958
  • Location Created: Moorabbin, Victoria, Moorabbin, Victoria
  • Physical Dimensions: 2.813m (9' 2 3/4") long, 521mm (20 1/2") wide, 76mm (3") thick.

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