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Custom surfboard - Rainbow Collection by TF

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Terry Fitzgerald Jeffreys Bay 1975

July 05, 2014 — Terry Fitzgerald

Rainbow surfboards

A southerly change sweeps up the coast, pushing a lumpy swell on the horizon while the wind cleans the inside. Rainbows can only be seen when the sun has got your back and the storm is in your eye. Getting in a few between squalls is all about being on the spot

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Best waves on Sydney's Northern Beaches

Best waves on Sydney's Northern Beaches

Terry Fitzgerald of Hot Buttered Surfboards breaks down Sydney's Northern Beaches iconic waves and photographs by Mark Onorati on Surfline

Sydney's wave Spotcheck

Spirit of Akasha

Spirit of Akasha

Terry Fitzgerald featured in Alby Falzon's original film 'Morning of the Earth' and continues his surfing internationally whilst shaping his single fin surfboards and other designs at Hot Buttered in Australia.
As a sequel to the iconic Falzon film, Andrew Kidman has produced 'Spirit of Akasha'. During the initial showing of the 'Spirit of Akasha' at San Sebastian Film Festival in 2013, the Single Fin segment received some of the greatest reviews which perhaps demonstrates both the awe felt when watching single fin and free style surfing and the connection with the benefits of riding single fin surfboards.



Restored Hot Buttered Round Wing Swallow

We thought we should share the following story. For new Swallow Tails, check out RAINBOW CUSTOM BOARDS Mid 70's retsored HB swallow tail Hello, I'd like to show you a classic HB I have recently had restored.  The board is 6'5", wing swallow tail, single to double concave, a yellow spray (beyond the fade of time) with pinched low rails in the tail toward the flyers.  It is numbered 5083. Personally, I'm over the moon as I've wanted a HB like this since I was 17 in 1992.  I grew up surfing single fins in WA in the 1990's, when like minded people were fairly thin on the ground and HB's were made of unobtainium. Greg who ran Oceans surf shop had a couple of them - massive airbrushed guns that made the greatest statement I'd ever seen on a surfboard.  I was in awe. If you have any more information about the board, I'd love to learn as much as I can about it.  Any tips for riding?  I am more at home on single fins anyway.  How would it differ from riding a Drifta III - if I was lucky enough to order one from you in the future? It will now be preserved as long as this History graduate can keep it - and surf it from time to time! Lastly, a very big thank you to TF, KF and JF for the inspiration over the years. Kind regards John, Torquay   Hi John, 5083 would place it in the mid-70's, so one of the earlier round wing swallows. Not shaped by me, but, by Frank Williams (later of tri-fin fame). Frank worked to my designs and was incredible at getting production through, hence the 'Designed by.... decal under the rainbow. Yes, surfs very different from a Drifta, those little side fins really do help transform a wide tail into a tight tail. However, what you have there is the beginning of today's standard bottom shape, concave and v combos.... with wings. Thanks for the compliments, much appreciated. John, you have to surf this bugger OK.... paddle it out at Winki on a mid-size day and aim it. Have fun. Terry  
Hot Buttered Soul The Movie

Hot Buttered Soul The Movie

Hot Buttered Soul was a revolutionary four track LP released by Isaac Hayes and the Bar-Kays in 1969. A few months later, 20-year-old Terry Fitzgerald, fresh from a Hawaiian winter season and a big fan of funk and soul rhythms, decided to borrow the name for his surfboard company. But all three words didn’t quite fit on the rainbow sash logo. Thus Hot Buttered Surfboards were born - and with it one of surfing’s true originals. But the third word never went missing. Instead it’s lived in the handmade, hand-painted HB surfboards and the styles that arose from riding them, over three decades, in the best surf on the planet."


Hot Buttered handspray surfboards by Martyn Worthington

Hot Buttered airbrush art

Hot Buttered Handshape surfboards by Terry Fitzgerald

Hot Buttered Handshapes

Hand shaped surfboards

Add a custom HB handshape to your quiver.

Original Terry Fitzgerald Rainbow Handshapes with Mural and Fade finishes are available from our ONLINE SHOP or contact us at and 02 9970 8000.

Rainbow Surfboard designs include: Double Wing Swallow, Drifta, Pin Wing, Round Swallow Tail, Rounded Pin, Slingshot and Sunset Gun

HB Rainbow Mural boards

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Murray Jacobs - just back from Indo..... two of the best barrels on HB Custom boards by Boyd Purdy of Yallingup Surf Company/ Photos: SJ Photography

There is an old adage: “The best opportunities are found at the point of peak confusion”. Mentawai Islands 2013: Extremely unusual swell directions provided a great opportunity for skippers with experience to find uncrowded perfection. Murray Jacobs Jul 2013