From 1978 to mid 2000’s Aloha Surfboards were the preferred choice for Australia’s elite surfers.
During this time in surfing history Sydney was the epicentre of Australia’s professional surfing talent pool with more world champions per capita than any region globally.
The Aloha Surfboard factory under the direction of Greg Clough was located in Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
During this period Aloha was perfectly placed at the centre of arguably the most successful two decades in Australia's professional surfing history. World champions Barton Lynch, Pam Burridge and Damien Hardman were at the cornerstone of the Aloha team and paved the way for the next generation of Aloha team riders Luke Egan, Brett Warner, Beau Emerton, Nathan Hedge, Chris Davidson, Mark Mathews, Dayyan Neve and Richie Lovett.
“The Black Panda is a feature packed groveller which absolutely flies down the line and can be turned on a dime.
It has lot of available volume squeezed into a small board to keep the foam both under your chest and feet. The outline is wide which is offset by a flyer by the fins that keeps the tail width more refined. The tail is the often overlooked diamond tail, which has the benefits of the bite of a swallow tail with the hold and control of a rounded pin tail and perfectly sets up the the water flow of the bottom contours. The Black Panda has a soft channel that runs right through the centre of the board and feeds water to the fins, this gets it up and running really quickly and when put on rail feels like it is on tracks.
The Black Panda, being a groveller, is best ridden with one or two litres more than your shortboard. Summer surfs and lousy looking waves will never look more fun than with a Black Panda in the quiver.”