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 .

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Vitamin Sea twin fin by Tad Ciastula

Here's a lovely twin fin made in Newquay around '82/'83 , shaped by the founder of Vit Sea Tad Ciastula. Its a very similar shape to what co-shaper at Vit Sea Chris Jones was making at the time. Wide tail, plenty of volume , flat deck and still very lightweight. Dims. are 5'11 x 20 inches , with Terry Fitzgerald model multi fins, and classic star airbrush by Andy Cranston. I bought the board from Graham , who had bought it in the North East ten years ago after seeing an ad in the local paper. After its years up north it has happily returned to Cornwall.

 Tad surfing , above in Tube News 1981, below in Atlantic Surfer 1979

Thursday, 16 April 2015

                       One wave a surf wouldn't be so bad . If your one wave was like this !

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

 Its not often a good collection of boards hits ebay but these are some of the boards which have been for sale in the last few weeks . The owner is concentrating on longboards, good news for shortboard lovers.
Above - Circle One with planet stencils. (this was mine a few years back.)
 Graham Nile
 Freedom by Bobby Male
 Space Gypsy by Danny Garland
 Freedom by Steve Harewood
 Westcoast by Clive Barber
 early 80s Tris
Late 60s Tiki

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The story of Eric & Kneetrembler surfboards

Cast your memories (or your imaginations) back to swinging London in the late 60s- mid 70s. To a small shaping room above a legendary surf shop, where a deicated kneeboarder shaped, a rock star glassed , and an artist of Eagle comics airbrushed a small number of beautiful surfboards and kneeboards called Kneetrembler.
The shaper was Eric Muchmore, the glasser John Povey from the famous band the Pretty Things, the artist Harry Wilson or 'Arry the brush have compressor will travel ! ' and the shop was of course Phil Jay's.

After seeing my blogpost about Andy's Kneetrembler kneeboard and request for info on it, I was stoked to get an email from Eric --
''my name is eric one half of tremblers the other half was Jon Povey, we used to work for phil jay when he was in london. I worked the shop, jon glassed .When we worked for Phil he had got the franchise to make Corky Carroll space-sticks  .After I'd been there a year Phil moved to north devon ,we didn't and the shop was taken over.  We used to help the new guy out, he was called Stan and hadnt surfed much, there was a little room above the shop the size of a shaping room. When i finished work i'd go and shape . Jon being artistic just loved making boards and the prettys gigged a lot at the time.  It started with kneeboards because nobody was making them and I was and still am a" halfman". The name kneetremblers i thought would be apt . The first stand-up was made for my good mate Don which he still has, if that board in the BSM has grass leaf on deck that's dons board(see photos below).
The name of shop stayed the same Jay surf shop. I think we made about six kneeboards and 5 or 6 standups. It got too much working allday  then going up to the shop till 2 or 3 in the morning and Jon was still working with the pretty things then the shop got sold; now the site is flats . We got our blanks from vitium  c . I started surfing in '62 at Perranporth  then Boscombe, then North devon '69 and still surf north devon. There was another surf shop in London at the same time as us it was near Brixton run by the other London boys who now all live in north devon. It was just called Surf shop run by  Paul blacker was Paul Moudy, lan Finley, Jeff Linacker, Jeff Gandhi and Des Patty.''
 John and Eric with their first standup Kneetremblers Inc. made for their friend Don in 1974
 Possibly the same board at the surfing museum surf meet

 John, Eric and Phil with the first Corky Carroll space stick made at Jay's Putney factory . Around 1969.
''if your looking for rare surfboards look out for the Rodney Sumpter model. We got together with Rod to make a board for English wave sadly only two were made - one by Rod and the other by me. My one was first prize  at the southcoast surf contest74 or75? Held at Littlehampton. '' Anyone remember that board or contest ?
 Above - advert from Surf Insight mag, 1972

 Here's an enthusiastic record review on the Pretty Things by Fuz Bleakley , from Surf Insight mag, 1973 . John is on the right in the photo. Eric was in the studio when this album and their earlier lp Parachute were recorded.
Below- the album SF Sorrow by the Pretty things is one of the best of many great psych albums to be made in the UK in the late 60s. John plays sitar, plus percussion and vocals.

 Above - Andy's Kneetrembler new in the Phil Jay surfshop , and below in a similar pose and pride of place today after 40 years of ownership. There is another Kneetrembler on the bottom rack in the shop, and check the poster for Five Summer stories, which Eric still has . The photo was taken around 1975/6

''Here's another Kneetremblers standup ,the reason the fins are so thick the better the foil the better the flow which made the board really quick on takeoff .That's a kestrel airbrush on the bottom.'' The other boards were imports by Weber and Bing.
 The shop in the early 70s with Eric's camper outside. This is what the shop looked like during the kneetrembler era.
 Eric and his early Phil Jay, above and below. This was the earliest Jay logo, late 60s.

Above - on a surf trip to northern Spain with friend Mike, 1970 .Hayden spoon (now in Al's collection - its a small world !) on the roof rack.
  ''I started kneeriding after going to Biarritz with the wrong standup board, no leash and waves 5 times more powerful than English waves so I was swimming alot. Then I got on the spoon and didn't wipe -out so i started kneeriding from there.We saw an article in Surfer mag about Biarritz, thats why we decided to go . The Hayden spoon ,I bought from a flat in earls-court from an Aussie going home ,I think it was £10 . It was a pig to paddle negative buoyancy.''
The same Hayden spoon today , although the fin has got shorter since Eric's day. It is a semi spoon with a rare v bottom from 1967/8.
 Mike proning on the spoon , 1970

 Woke up one morning walked down to the beach 10 to 15 feet glass, Mike took the spoon out i took photos first wave nailed him didn't see him for 10 min or so until he dragged himself up the beach half dead lucky boy.
Eric on the inside wave at Lafetania in 1971 on his Freedom's Family kneeboard shaped by Phil Jay. The kneeboarder out back was American.

 Early days at Porthtowan in 1967 with hire board from Bilbos.
 Early 'kneetremblers' with another hire Bilbo - a bit more battered ! Porthtowan '67

John in Surfer mag in 1969 - at Canver sands.

Big thanks to Eric (better known now as EL) for all his memories and photos ! Kneetrembler was a small production label , but made some great boards and was important as one of the few surfboard factories in London. Looks like they had a great time ! John Povey if youre out there get in touch !

Friday, 3 April 2015

A taster of last weeks Approaching Lines surf film festival. They borrowed a few boards off me for display at the cinema, you can see a couple of Tris in the film clip..

Monday, 30 March 2015

9'4 Midget Farrelly longboard from 1967

Jeremy Oxenden sent me these photos of Eddie Luce and his `67 Farrelly board, after seeing THAT fin on it.
It`s exactly the same shape as the ones on Midget Farrelly`s first shortboards , indicating it was just about the last longboard he made before all-out production of 8` Vee-bottomed stubbys in  May 1967.
Eddies board has all the refinements of those last Malibu boards; it`s thin with sharpish rails, glassed with Volan cloth ( which gives a green tinge to the board ) and has wide rail overlaps.
The 225 on it is a Jersey board registration number, nothing to do with Midget!
The photos of Midget and his first stubby were taken at the November `67  Aus versus USA contest in Sydney. It was the first time the US guys had seen short boards. They arrived with concave noseriders and were overwhelmed to find surfing had moved on to a new level .
Also see Tony's article about the last of the malibus from 2014 here

Tony Cope,  26-3-15

The 3 photos say it all: Midget radical fin-out-of-the-sea forehand turn while an American kneel-paddles a mal. out in front of him; Midget being quizzed about the Oz stubby boards by one of the visitors, and lastly Midget`s fin ( and hand ) !

Below is footage of the Australian nationals earlier in 1967 .Although most riders were riding standard longboards, a few of the cutting edge 'power' or 'involvement' surfers were riding lightweight thin railed boards with modified fins , which turned tighter and had looser manouverability. Most notably Midget Farrelly and Nat Young. This was just before the 8ft stubbies  era kicked in.
Midget said after the contest -
''I felt quite inspired after watching some of the surfers at the Australian championships at Bells ....the kind of contest where people actually wanted to get out and get more out of a wave than before ... We have realised more and more that we are riding waves in our own way.''

Thanks to Tony, Jeremy and Eddie.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Expencive porno movie

This film was shown last night at the Lighthouse cinema Newquay as part of the Approachng Lines festival. The venue was great - lots of people, free beer, old boards etc and the film was cool too, a modern day 70s surf movie with slick moves, weirdness and good vibes, and a great soundtrack too.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Vitamin Sea singlefin

 This is Martin's beautiful Vitamin sea singlefin, shaped by Tad around 1980. The airbrush is by Andy Cranston - a simple concept of repetition which looks amazing. Andy did a few boards like this mainly in 1981, see Vit Sea ad below. The board looks to be in great condition too . Singlefins were still very popular over here in the late 70s and early 80s.

 Ad from Surf Scene 1981
Back row is Chris Jones, Andy Cranston, Tad Ciastula.
 Another Vit Sea from the same year, this time shaped by CJ , with some micro channels and big keely star fins. Spray again by Andy Cranston. A really cool little board.

Andy Cranston, photo by Alex Williams
 Another Vitamin Sea twinny, made a year or so later . Not sure on the shaper but artwork by Andy again. In the early 80s Vit Sea along with Ocean Magic were the big manufacturers in Newquay.