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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Monday, 4 August 2014

Beautiful Tris singlefins

 I hope you like Tris surfboards because heres a few more of them . This is another of the beautiful collaborations between Tris Cokes - shaper , Johnny Manetta - glasser and Neil Wernham (travelling surfer from New Zealand) - artist (c. 1974 / 75) . This board is in the collection of Tris surf shop. Neil's earlier Tris artworks were made using spray cans and masking tape to build up the painting in a labourious but very striking way ; and then he bought an airbrush ( which he still has today) and was able to try a mixture of freehand and masked areas. The freehand stuff is a lot softer on the edges , and was faster to do so allowed Neil's creativity to flow.
Judging by some of Neil's artworks - which were pretty far out and trippy , the local surf crew were pretty experimental in their substance intake. This painting is quite strange too - the top half is beautiful and flooded with warm light, colourful butterflies and perfect waves / compared with the bottom half which seems to show the downs of drug use , a weird looking merman looking a bit unhappy, smoking from a bong and sitting on giant mushrooms. There is a real narrative to this spray , its not just decoration to make the board look pretty. This is why Neil's art is held in such high regard.
The shape of the board is very similar to others with Wernham sprays of the period , small swallow tail , glassed in wooden fin , and unusual rounded nose which Tris favoured at the time .

The deck of the board has an owl spray , apparently because it was made for someone called Owl. The detailing and pinlines around the artworks are great quality too . Unfortunately I didnt take a photo of the whole of the deck .

Johnny Manetta with Tris and Jolly Good boards, around 1975 . The Jolly Good's have artwork by Nancy Dinmore and the Tris by Neil.
Above - Johnny and a Tris
Here's another lovely Tris, which has recently come to light from South Wales . This is a great shape with the small swallow ,single flyers and very flat deck leading to more of a pointed nose with a bit of thickness to it.
The owner said when he bought it in the early 90s as an alternative to his little thrusters  he was told that the artwork was of a secret spot near the Tris factory .
The spray is again by Neil Wernham and I'm positive the 'secret spot' is Chapelporth . There is no freehand airbrushing here  , its all done with masking tape building up the edges of the cliffs , the hills and even the lines in the wave faces. Its a time consuming and beautiful piece of work , and Johnny the glasser has playfully cut up the logo to peep over the horizon , and has cut out the little surfer and put him on the Chapelporth wave. So the painting becomes the logo and vice versa - classic.

This is an alternative artwork by Keith Flack with changes from the standard Tris logo . Ganja leaves , the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland smoking his pipe, and a map of Cornwall and Fance in the top right corner . Tris had a small factory and shop in Fance in the 70s - I'll go into more detail on this when I have a chat with Johnny again.
Johnny's personal board next to the sign of the original Tris factory , taken around '73 
Testing water flow over the channels of a very unusual Tris bonzer , with the help of Mick Harlot (flying fish surfboards ). Does this board still exist ??

Another  Wernham owned by Alex . This was when Tris was using the In Natural Flow logo. Neil's earlier works seem to be more landscapes of mabye recogniseable places , and this could be Chapel again ? There is a definite interest in mushrooms and mabye the magic within them. This is another great piece of work , and nice to see it when it was brand new below.
I have just noticed that this board is on the far left of this picture !

Thanks to the Tris surf shop and Alex for the help and photos.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The first Tris

 This historic board is the very first surfboard to have the Tris logo. From when this board was made, in late 69 / early 70 Tris has gone on to become one of our best loved board makes . The board was made by friends Tris Cokes and Johnny Manetta for local surfer Mike Hendy . They got the stringerless blank from Alan MacBride ; Johnny shaped the top half, Tris the bottom half and they met in the middle ! The board is a mild s deck, around 7'3 long and has a beautiful deep red tint on the underside, with artistic flourishes by Johnny making it a striking looking board. The deck has a light green tint on the deck patch, and an attempt at a tie dye pattern made by rolling the cloth and adding pigment . Tie dye was all the rage with the hippies at Porthtowan in those days , and the board was made at a small hut near where the lifesaving club is today.
The logo is hand drawn on toilet paper says Johnny , and has Mike Hendy's initials on it.
The board was made at a point where the evolution of board design was driving along at a fast rate , and boards were getting shorter, wider and thicker , and the twin fin design would soon take off as a design to be tried, but later rejected for slim and longer singlefins which became the standard surfboard design through the mid 70s.

 Johnny still owns and runs Tris surf shop in Porthtowan - and a few years ago a guy came in saying ' ive got a tris in my loft ' ; Johnny couldn't believe his eyes when he saw this first Tris coming round the corner. After he restored it for the owner it was kindly donated back to him to keep at the shop as part of the history of Porthtowan surfing.

 Johnny Manetta and Tris Cokes in the early days of Tris surfboards , around 1970/71 with a Tris twin fin.
Photos of Tris Cokes, courtesy of Johnny Manetta

Porthtowan crew in the early 70s. Johnny 3rd from left , Tris 3rd from right .
Thanks to Johnny and Ryan for the info and photos

Friday, 25 July 2014

Style never goes out of fashion. Tom Curren age 50 showing his class

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Bilbo 8'10 and The last of the malibus by Tony Cope

Heres a beautiful Bilbo 8'10 owned by Alex, made by Chris Jones. Its wafer thin on the rails and tail and shows cutting edge lightweight design from a very nice era of boards . These boards are very rideable, I was on one last night although mine isnt so thin on the rails. This board has a nicely foiled fin and a good rider of the day would have been able to carve some beautiful turns on this board as well as noseride. It uses one of the older style Bilbo logos and has the CJ monogram at the tail . A cool board.
Tony talks about this era of boards below -

The last of the Malibus
by Tony Cope 

After Nat Young won the `66 Worlds in San Diego,  AUS and the US went their own ways. Undeterred by Nat`s sharp turns & trims in the pocket which gave him the win even before the final round, the US ignored his thin & narrow-railed board and made yet more nose riders. To get that concave scoop below the nose you need a thick board, thinning it out isn`t an option.
This Oz 1967 shot of the Bells final has in it the genesis of the coming short board revolution : Nat`s thin board with a long, narrow and raked fin, and Midget`s board already less than 9` long.

below - Nat's hiding behind his board, but the long narrow fin is showing clearly. Midget's on the rhs with his sub 9 ft longboard.

Fortunately for GB we could see the way progress was going, imported Oz mags and visiting surfers and beachguards gave us the full story. Apart from photos  I hadn`t actually seen one these boards, but set about making one in the Groves-Davies shed. It was shaped out of a huge block of industrial polystyrene & glassed with epoxy, as normal resin melts styrene, essential information from Bob G. and Bill D.!  I was not aware of quite what I`d done until Bill Bailey saw it on my car roof when Bill Davies and I were collecting  some polyurethane blanks at Bilbo.  I paid Doug Wilson in the Pargolla works and found them going over it when I got back to the car. Bailey said Bilbo were starting  to go down the same ` thin and light` road .

below - Riding the board at Kimmeridge. The thin rails, especially in the nose, show up quite well. (Home made wetsuit stuck together with Evostick and with yellow rubber tape reinforcing seams looking quite tidy too !)

Fast forwarding  47 years to last weekend (!) : Alex Williams arrived for coffee with a Bilbo on his car, and to my surprise it was one of those boards made in late `67 or early `68, just before GB went short-board crazy. This one`s  8 foot 10.5 ins. long by 23.5 ins. wide. The nose and tail are super-thin and quite sharp-railed, the middle`s a lot thicker but maintains narrow oval rails by having quite a bit of curve width-ways across both deck and bottom. The fin has a 10 ins. base then tapers rapidly to became long and narrow – you can see the Greenough influence clearly.

When you ride these boards there some surprises . The thin nose cuts into the wave face rather than riding over it so you need to keep weight back a bit to keep it up, otherwise it catches. The thin tail cutting into the wave is an advantage if it`s wide : if it`s narrow the board will  `track` in a line and be hard to turn. The general lightness of my thin board was a revelation, so easy to ride and so responsive . 

below - My own ZIP logo board is tucked under my arm , showing the wide and thin tail , and long narrow fin. On the rhs is Tim Heyland, who wanted to buy it . A year later he joined Dave Aldrich - Smith's Tiki surfboards and is still there today .
bottom - Trying the thin mal out in '67. It turned like a shortboard as long as you kept the nose up. So a year later we all copied Australia, cut another foot out of the centre section, then there was nothing sticking out to catch in the wave face. (photo John Durrant again).

Craig Baird ( SurfWorld museum, Oz ) looked at my photos online last year and wrote “ way to go Tony “ or something  and it was the only time I`ve ever felt that maybe, a long time ago and just for a nano-second , I was near the cutting edge of board development !
Thanks Alex, for the great photos of the Bilbo, and John Durrant for the 1967 black and white shots.

Thanks to Tony as ever for his memories, photos and insights

Monday, 14 July 2014

Ok Im a sucker for aerial perspectives (its what I deal with a lot in my paintings) so heres some great drone footage of a classic Puerto Escondido swell

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Windjammer singlefin early 80s

 This is a great condition singlefin by Windjammer , from around '83  and made in Braunton ,North Devon . It could be inspired by the needle nose Lazor Zaps which Cheyne Horan made famous at the time, although his boards were often alot wider at the tail . The Windjammer has had a lot of time spent on the pinlining and airbrushing and is a real work of art. The tailpad is from later in the 80s. Dims are 5'8 x 20 1/2 x 2 3/4 .

 Windjammer was run by Clive Lewis and Alan Brookes (ex Tiki and Chapter) . It ran from the mid 70s till the mid/late 80s ? By the start of the 80s they were only making a few custom boards , but produced alot of popouts and windsurfers .

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