Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Thursday, 20 August 2015
Paulo was given it by a friend 20 years ago, so it has been in Portugal a long time . With a hell of a lot of sun and water damage, Paulo asks is it worth restoring ? Its debateable !
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Well the story goes that in 1978 Philip O'Loughlin, an Australian living in Lacanau-Ocean ordered a batch of boards from Tris surfboards (at that time Johnny Manetta and Chops Lascalles were heading Tris as Tris Cokes had sold up his share) . Philip owned Lacanau's first surf shop Lacanau Lou, which had ran from approx 1973 I think. UK boards had a very good reputation in France.
Philip wanted around 70-80 boards and arranged for the Tris guys to come down and shape at Lacanau, supplying all the materials and equipment in a factory converted from an abbatoir nicknamed 'The Ranch' . Chops and Johnny shaped, and Teep sanded, finished and made fins . Chops, although a great surfer , had not got a lot of shaping under his belt at this point, but these French boards were a good opportunity to improve his skills under the watchful eye of Johnny.
Jean Pierre has also written abou Quo Vadis on his French surf blog - http://surffrancecollection.blogspot.fr/
''The surfboards looked absolutely stunning in the new showroom in Lacanau-Ocean .It was very French, very avant garde ;all polished glass and steel, with rows of the beautiful Quo Vadis surfboards. I was quite proud of that trip'' From 'Looking for something to find'' by Johnny Manetta, which makes a good read with lots of great Cornish surf history.
Saturday, 8 August 2015
Friday, 17 July 2015
Being Carwyn's board , it got a lot of coverage in the mags in 1994 in photos and sponsors ads, and there are some great photos from that era taken by Alex Williams in Lanzarote and Hossegor.
What is amazing is the condition and originality of the board - it looks exactly the same as in the Wave Graffitti ads 20 years ago - same stickers, same deck grip - customised by Carwyn with lots of squares cut out. The last owner bought the board 2nd hand in the mid-late 90s from John Conway in Newquay , used it for a couple of years and then put it in the attic for 15 years.