PREDATORY VISUAL: Mr Davidson’s tiger-wave board.
PREDATORY VISUAL: Mr Davidson’s tiger-wave board. JIM DAVIDSON

Chairman of the (surf) board

JIM Davidson's father did not approve of his budding surf-artist son's career choice during the 1960s.

With $11 borrowed from his dad he bought a 9ft 6in and 20kg orange board and at age 12 with mate Peter "Scaba" Halling cut it down and painted it red with a black spider.

Fifty years later, from December 3 at Surf World Gold Coast Mr Davidson will feature his The Works exhibition.

After a Sydney-based career in the 1970s producing up to 100 boards a week for Gordon and Smith, and paint jobs for professional surfers such as Cheyne Horan, Mark Occhilupo and Peter Townsend, Mr Davidson settled in Mooball, Tweed Shire.

"Over the years my father's attitude to surfing changed and he often boasted to his mates of how successful I was," Mr Davidson said.

"With the help of my father, a carpenter, I built my own home.

"It was nestled in the mountains, with the beach only 10 minutes away."

After moving locally he worked for the Fingal Surf Co, Gordon and Black, Local Knowledge, Blitz, Gheetah, Billabong and Mango.

"Not long after I had a call from Jack McCoy asking if I could produce the poster for the Hoole/McCoy film Storm Riders," he explained.

Meet Mr Davidson, enjoy a barbecue and beverages and donate to Surf World from 7pm (NSW) on Saturday night opposite Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.



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