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 .

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Celtic singlefin by Roger Lyndon , early 70s

 Photos at last month's surf meet of a very rare UK surfboard make, Celtic surfboards by New Zealander Roger Lyndon, made in North Devon. This board owned by CJ is the only known one at the moment . If youve got one too send in a few photos !
Below - the story of Roger Lyndon and Celtic surf boards by Tony Cope --



" A few years ago Chris Jones mentioned that he had a board tucked away at his works that he knew nothing about. It had two CELTIC logos on it but strangely, both were upside-down . I`d never seen a Celtic logo, but an image came up of Roger Lyndon, 45 years ago .
At the end of `69 Westcoast Surfboards in Woolacombe got an invitation to the Irish Championships at Rossnowlagh, and 3 of us decided to go, Roger Lyndon ( NZ ), Terry Hansen ( AUS ) and me. Roger said he would like to find his ancestry while over there, as his surname was Irish. So over the two weeks we were finding points and reefs just prior to the beach-break contest, while he took time out to research his roots. He later talked about the impact the trip had on him, and said that with Westcoast breaking up, he would use up the remaining logos on a few more boards, then start his own label. It would be CELTIC , in honour of his ancestors, but put on upside-down in honour of his down-under homeland.
Fast forward to last month`s board meet in Braunton : Chris said he would loan us his CELTIC, and Gray Looker kindly offered to bring it up from Newquay . CJ : " Many years ago a fella I knew popped in the shop to pick up his new board, and he had the Celtic with him. I just thought it was an unusual board and a vee bottom which I got on well with, so I made him an offer and the deal was done. Simple as that really, I hadn't searched for one or anything like that. I didn't know who made it or anything, I was just attracted to it ! "
In 1970 the old Westcoast factory ( Wooden stables in South St. Woolacombe ) was returned to it`s owners as the lease ran out .
 Kevin Cross : " Roger rented a little stone farmer`s building for a workshop, in a field beside the road going into Mortehoe . "
Roger made boards and showed his own-make surf film around N Devon for a few years more, then returned to NZ in 1975, when he did the water filming for the NZ surf movie " The Old Men On The Point " in his home town of Piha, 30 minutes from Auckland. Further back, in 1968 he appeared in the surf film " Children Of The Sun", which covers the last days of NZ and Oz longboarding and the genesis of the shortboards. The guys on the NZ vintage board site are kindly trying to find Roger now, if they do we`ll get the full story no doubt ! "


 The Irish championships, 1969 . l to r Rod Sumpter, Tony Cope, Terry Hansen, Roger Lyndon.
Competitors cars at the Sand House hotel, Rossnowlagh. Rogers Ford Anglia is 2nd from left.

Thanks to Tony Cope and Chris Jones. Roger if you see this it would be good to hear more about the days of Celtic.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Last sunday's surf meet

Thanks to Pete Robinson and the Museum of British surfing for hosting a surf meet last sunday. Great boards and cars as ever with some nice new discoveries. A good day !
Photos by Alex Williams and myself.












Thursday, 11 September 2014

Readers' boards part 1

 Thanks to everyone who has been sending in photos of their boards ! Heres a few from the 70s, and there are plenty more I'll put on next week .
 This is Matt's Bilbo, a gunny early 70s shape, a really sleek and elegant little board , 6ft 2 x 19.5 . Great condition too, and I like the understated 'B' logo.

 Here's some pure filth ! Under the grime is a near perfect Tris, a classic looking shape from the mid 70s with wooden fin. Tim says the board has been in Cambridge since 1984 , living on the wall of a prefab garage . So thats 30 years worth of dust !


 Kate sent in pics of her rare Elliot and Beard from the very early 70s. The Beard is Mervyn Beard who shaped for Tiki in the late 60s and went on to found Chapter surfboards . The board was made up in north Devon.

 This board belonged to Kien's dad, who lived in Braunton in the 70s and bought it off a local surfer . Its one of the classic but ill fated early 70s twin fins, made by Tiki around 1972 . Check out the tiny slim fins.
 And here's a US version of the twin fin from the early 70s, owned by Toby , who had it appraised and was told it dated to 1983 ! It is of course a lot earlier than that. Made by Gordon and Smith.

 Here's quite a rare British board , shaped by Aussie John Hall, glassed by Alan Neighbour , for the Summer Haze label. Nice twin stringer which was given to Oscar by his grandfather a couple of years ago. Im pretty sure these were made up in north Devon , not far from the Tiki factory .



 and heres a lovely twin fin fish, made by Pete McAllum for Ocean Magic , late 70s. Possible Welsh connection / surfer with the Dragon spray, which has been used on a few OM's of that era.

Hot Generation twin fin by Chris Thompson, Constantine area

Friday, 29 August 2014


Coming up soon .......

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.