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coolite


Generic Australian term for any one of a number of small, inexpensive polystyrene beaded-foam surfboards; the introductory board for thousands of Aussie preteen surfers in the 1970s, including future world champions Tom Carroll, Damien Hardman, and Pam Burridge.

Early versions of the coolite (similar to the $10 Styrofoam boards sold in Thrifty and other American drugstore chain outlets in the '60s and '70s) were being used as far back as 1962, but the board really took off in the early '70s....