“This camera was custom built to shoot surfing in 35mm using panavision lenses up to 200mm. The original camera is an Arriflex II C. The problem with putting this camera in a housing was weight. You couldn’t focus and hold the camera at the same time. I needed a balanced shoulder mounted camera to be able to pull focus while shooting. I had to redesign the viewfinder, take the camera apart and build a waterproof, lightweight housing for it. This took about 500 hours to do. The end result was excellent balance while shooting “Big Wednesday”. I used lenses up to 200 mm shooting off a mat. The camera is easy to focus while shooting and I’ve used it for a variety of other projects since”.
The spoon kneeboard is one of those missing links between the long and short board eras—it was George doing radical s-turns on them—at a time when a drop-knee cutback was considered high performance surfing. His kneeboarding would be reinterpreted into stand up surfing with the advent of Bob McTavish's vee-bottom, Plastic Machines, and Dick Brewer's mini guns. BTW, the camera housing also resides in the collection of Spencer Croul.