5th Annual Newquay surf meet coming soon !

5th Annual Newquay surf meet coming soon !
We buy interesting old boards 60s/70s/early 80s in good condition. Email alasdairlindsay75@gmail.com . Also wanted - Surfing UK , British Surfer and Surf Insight magazines .
Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Monday, 4 April 2016

Martin Geary transitionals late 60s

Here are a great pair of transitional boards by Martin Geary . The red railed one is 7'6 x 20 and the other one is 7'10 x 22 1/2 , both date from around 1968. Judging by the fins and shape, the red one was made a bit later.
Martin Richard surfboards was Martin Geary's first label, based in Newquay and producing from '67 - 69 or 70. For some reason Martin Richard shut down then, or mabye he just went off travelling . He then worked for Bilbo for a couple of years, and in the 70s shaped for his Outer Limits label and also Piran surfboards Perranporth.
The red board is based on Keith Paull's Bing foil from 1968. Keith (the Australian champion back then) came over to Cornwall in 1968, and surfed around Newquay and Porthtowan , where the locals took measurements of his board and started producing copies. This is one of them , pretty slim for the time and with the fin set quite far forward as with Paull's board.
The other board is more 'British' - wider, longer and more forgiving, an easier board to ride in all conditions. It is a great shape, not a lot of thickness to it, super flat deck and slightly hully bottom. Both boards have Bilbo fins , their first generations of box fin. The white one is a flexy in nylon plastic. The board is stringerless , and has a deck patch of extra cloth quite high up which I presume was for knee paddling.

 Above 1969, British surfer , below 1972 Surf Insight

Martin at the Newquay surf meet

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Wave starved Bilbos

Here are a couple of Bilbos which havent seen the sea in a long time . Firstly this nice transitional 8 footer purchased 2nd hand in 1973. Later in its life it seems to have been bolted to something, mabye a wall ? Hence the holes drilled down the deck. The board is a classic v bottom, with large fin (which would have been longer originally) and some nice cloth inlays . Great cut up logo too. The board is stringerless and would have been lightweight and loose when new, compared to previous longboards. Made in late '67 or '68.

This old log has been sitting in the barn of an old Cornish stately home since the 70s. The home is actually a stunning Jacobean manor house built in the 1630s , not far from Newquay. Made around 1965-66, with the first Bilbo logo, no shapers name, its 9'8 long with double stringers and uses blue , yellow and white foam. A classy board in its day. Its showing its age now but is still a very interesting board from the first years of Bilbo surfboards in Newquay.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Hot Generation twin fin by Ian Thompson ,north Cornwall

 Hot Generation boards are a pretty rare sight today. They were shaped by Ian Thompson , at a factory at the Old Airfield, St Merryn near Padstow  (site of Jolly Good surfboards and Fluid Juice surfboards amongst others) and this bat-tail twin fin dates to around 1981. Before starting Hot Generation, Ian worked for G&S . The shape of this harks back to the Mark Richards twin fin , the design then tweaked by G&S head shaper Robin Prodanovich , which inspired Ian when he worked there to bring out his own shapes . This board is a great shape for UK waves , 6ft x a wide 21 1/2 , will keep speed over less perfect sections of waves . The fins are G&S star fins , with UK fins made by Pete Crab in South Wales. Amazingly enough Alex Williams took some photos of this board when it was brand new - see below . Alex was friends with Ian and did some photo shoots for Hot Generation publicity.

 Shots of this board when it was brand new circa 1981 ! Thanks to Alex Williams for digging out his old photos !

 Gleaming brand new twin fins , Ian is on the right I think. The mags are from 1981.

 On the fins is written Pete Crab star systems . I reckon these were the original fins for the board, so UK made not US imports.

 Hot Generation publicity shots, very early 80s , photos by Alex.  Beautiful shapes and sprays.

Friday, 27 November 2015

1970s Tris bellyboard

 This is a very rare Tris bellyboard which Ryan brought to the surf meet in September. Its so rare I think Tris only made two, a custom order for a pair of brothers in the mid 70s. I don't think the whereabouts of the other one is known. Its a beautiful little board and looks fun in the right waves. Lots of volume up front and slightly scooped out deck . Unusual that it has a quite thick wooden fin but I guess they wanted to put something robust on there. The board is in great condition, still nice an light, and has been hanging up in a Cornish cafe for years !

Ryan with the board at the September surf meet

A nice pair at the Tris shop , artwork and photo by Neil Wernham
Above - Johnny Manetta ,  below a rack of rare airbrushed Tris from way back in the 70s. Unusual Tris logo on them. Neil's artwork was out there - very creative and technically brilliant.

Another 70s UK boardmaker known for great artwork was Tigger Newling's Jolly Good label , with artwork by Nancy Dinmore, glassed by Tris. Above is a Jolly Good . These are super rare today though.
 This gorgeous Tris fish turned up on ebay a couple of months ago. Unbelievable condition, made around 1974 and 6ft long . Nice rainbow fin too which has featured on a few Tris of this era.