Monday, 14 July 2014
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Graham says - ' 6'10 x 21.5 x 3.5 Treyarnon Bay surfboard shaped by Roger Land. Im sure that you all know as well as I do that Roger taught / informed Tig's shaping abilities and ideas and then returned to NZ , not only as one of the NZ surf pioneers but also created a hugely successful one class racing yacht series as well I believe. I go it along with a lovely Bilbo 8'6 singlefin from a guy in Oxford about 20 years ago.
It still surfs and will be going to France with me this year. I wonder if there is a Tigger logo under the 'resin splodge' on the nose but I am not going to find. Love the little Kiwi drawn into the Treyarnon bay logo. Hope you like it '
I haven't seen one of these boards by Roger Land before but the shape is the classic s deck , rounded nose and small fin which is so similar to Tig shapes from this 70/71 era . So if you have a Tig which isnt signed Tigger then it will be by Roger Land. Tigger says about that year -'' The next summer I was busy enough to employ staff: Shaper Roger Land and Laminator Terry Lysaght were both very experienced kiwi board builders who somehow put up with a very green 18 year old boss. One afternoon we posed for our first publicity shot. It was inspired by Pink Floyd's Ummagumma album cover (designed by Hypgnosis). The one where all the band's gear is laid out on a runway. We emptied the greenhouse and laid all the tools and templates out on the lawn along with some boards and a pair of trousers which were so encrusted with resin that they stood up by themselves . The three of us standing there covered in dust - a true start-up cottage industry.''
Tig publicity photo 1970 , Tig in middle with Roger Land and Terry Lysaght
Tig down rail s deck from the same era
Monday, 7 July 2014
''Paul "Ju" Jury of Bude. Later became General Surfboards. Also shaped with Willis Bros. Hawaii and Pipedreams Australia amongst others. Had a couple of cool surfshops in Bude. He sadly died whilst surfing big Majestics in the Phillipines'' - Barry David
Friday, 4 July 2014
Monday, 30 June 2014
BEZ’S BOARD GAME.
Born in Lancashire in 1927, the late Bez Newton was already a seasoned world traveller when his lifetime obsession with surfing began in Queensland in 1949. Over the years, in addition to his surf-inspired enterprises in running clubs, shooting films, publishing magazines and novels, Bez created a board game called Wipeout.
When I met him in the early 1970’s, Bez had refined Wipeout into a complex game based on a surf contest, with the aim of getting through heats to a final, surfing against the clock. Using custom made cards, players assumed the roles and abilities of contemporary legends such as Wayne Lynch and Billy Hamilton. From paddling out (using pre-duckdive “Eskimo rolls” !) players surfed round the board scoring points for manoeuvres and losing them from hazards such as broken leashes, loose “skegs”, or hitting bathers!
The prototype Wipeout I bought off Bez is a 2ft square hand-made labour of love. Assembled with help from anyone hanging out between waves near his Watergate caravan, it came with tiny surfers, cards and complete instructions. Bez also offered a French version!
Wipeout never achieved its aim of being taken up by a manufacturer as surfing’s answer to Snakes and Ladders, so I wonder what Bez thought when another surfing game hit the market? In the mid-eighties, Surf Champ also featured a mini-surfboard – but this one clipped onto a ZX Spectrum keyboard, and Wayne Lynch didn’t get a mention.
I’m told early computer games are now collectable, and my son’s Surf Champ is probably still in the loft – but as surf memorabilia goes, how rare is my Wipeout?
Thanks to Neil for sharing this slice of history. It looks like Bez put a lot of time into this game, must have been during a long flat spell
Friday, 27 June 2014
Here's a classic Cheyne Horan model 5'8 which Gee has just picked up off Andy . It is an early one , no.4 made, and very similar to my no.2 , both probably made in late 1981.
Cheyne was riding a similar looking board at the Gul - Alder pro am that summer in Newquay ( where he came 1st = with Rabbit) so Chris Jones would have had first hand experience of the shape and design and may have taken direct measurements from it . Chris' boss Tad Ciastula set up the Cheyne Horan model deal with Cheyne probably during the contest period in summer '81 . Chris was the main Vit Sea shaper making the Cheyne models , producing around 60 of them from 1981 to 83. As time went on the sprays got more radical, mirroring Cheyne's personal boards , and although some of CJ's were singlefins most were twin fins.