Posted: November 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm

 During the 1930s right up to the 1960s small blowup devices known as Surf-O-Planes a forerunner to the bodyboard were a common sight and could be hired at most City beaches in Australia. These inflated hard ribbed rubber rafts lacked any real maneuverability and came with two rubber handles attached at the nose for turning.  With the invention of the Surf Mat followed soon by the Bodyboard in the 70’s the Surf-O-plane all but disappeared from sight. Check out this retro photo below of the Surf-O-Planes and the stylish swim costumes these guys are wearing.

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