"THE SURF RAT" HOT ROD SURFBOARD DESIGNED BY JAMES O'MAHONEY
Comprising a T61 skinned Yater Clark foam blank, shaped by Bob Krauss, glassed, then wrapped in t61 aluminum by Scott Da Pron. Ford hot rod pieces added include a Smith & Jones manifold affixed to the upper center, a Smith tachometer, a Moon pedal, and two Stromberg 97 carburetors. With traveling cart and 1950 Schwinn DX bicycle from the Bud Elkins collection, used to pull it during public appearances.
Provenance: Santa Barbara Surfing Museum.
This remarkable piece of concept art fuses SBSM curator Jim O'Mahoney's twin passions of surfing and hot rod cars. As a young man, he and his friends "built Revel hot rod models of '32 roadsters and put Von dutch pin stripe decals on our bikes ... In the 1960s Big Daddy Roth did all kinds of drawings of monsters riding lawn mowers and skateboards--anything with wheels--and put huge, hopped-up engines on them. 'Surf Rat' is my combo 50s-60s concept come to reality" (Quoted in Santa Barbara Magazine).
Board 9 ft.; bike and tow 6 ft. 10 in.