Arise Simple Ben: Baddy Treloar is back in the shaping bay
Of all the sections in Morning Of The Earth - Australian surfing's most enduring and beloved film - the passage that remains the people's favourite is the surfing of Dave 'Baddy' Treloar to the song 'Simple Ben'. The imagery of Baddy during those five minutes is wistfully recalled whenever the talk arises.
See Baddy sanding and buffing a new board out in the yard, dust flying everywhere. Then as the song builds momentum watch him dart down the track, fresh stick under his arm, wearing nought but cut-off jeans, heading out to the jump rock. The song reaches a crescendo as Baddy tears into Angourie, hard off the bottom, stylish off the top.
Forty years have passed since that celluloid moment but a part of it is currently being recreated: Baddy Treloar is once again shaping boards.
The return to the shaping bay comes at the behest of his stepsons Dan and Ben Ross. "We'd been asking Baddy to shape a board for us the same as he was riding back then in Morning of the Earth," said Dan when he spoke to Swellnet. "After a couple of years he agreed and so we lined everything up for him to replicate the board."
The boards are single fin rounded diamond tails. The full dimensions are 6' 10" x 20' 1/2" x 3" and they're glassed using six ounce Volan glass with taped laps. Of course the finish is full gloss and polish. Unfortunately EPA regulations meant Baddy had to shape the boards inside and not out in a paddock.
"It was so much fun going through the process with him," said an excitable Dan, who bought the second board off the rack, "Baddy's stories and recollections from that era are the best. He has such an amazing memory for detail and all that was applied into this board."
Recently a large swell hit South Africa and Dan rode the board at the mother of all test tracks - J'Bay. How did the board go? "It was epic!" Was Dan's short but thorough analysis.
Baddy's return to the bay is going to be similarly short: only twenty of the boards are going to be made. Enough to "keep it fun for Baddy and special for those who wanted to be a part of it." If you're interested contact Dan via email.