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 .
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Monday, 7 December 2009

Outer Limits singlefin by Martin Geary

Here's an incredible board from Sean's collection, I've not seen another British board like it, and amazingly he picked it up at his local car boot sale ! I'll let Sean describe it - This board would be almost invisible in the sea on a typical grey winters day. Don't let the sludge colour fool you though, its an Outer Limits single fin from the early - mid 1970s. 6 ft 5 x 21 in x thick. Shaped and glassed by Martin 'Gearbox ' Geary and would be a welcome addition to any UK collection as they were relatively shortlived. Glass leash loop and stipple spray to deck stance area; bright is not always breezy.

Gearbox arrived in Newquay in 1966 and did a bit of lifeguarding, a lot of surfing, and by the end of the 60s he was doing some shaping at Bilbo. By the early 70s he had set up Outer Limits and employed Fuz Bleakley to do much of the spray artwork, which going by this board was pretty damn inspired. Geary spent most of the mid 70s in Australia shaping and glassing for top builders and then returned to Cornwall to shape for Piran Surfboards before moving to Ocean Magic to share his knowledge and produce some great sprays. After another bout in Oz he came back to Newquay and worked at Boardwalk, Tunnel Vision and Chris Jones surfboards.


  1. Hi guys hows it going, i've also got a surfboard shaped bymartin geary. i did get in touch with him and he said he was sure the board was shaped around 1968 ish......its sitting in my shed at the moment and was thinking of getting rid of it...or maybe even put it on show on the wall. it looks a lot like the board pictured above.

  2. hi there, if you want to sell it give me an email at alasdairlindsay@aol.com , cheers Al

  3. super rare boards, have just been offered the only one ive ever seen come up for sale,the guy wants a lot of money for it,

  4. I have a restored gearbox 6' 01" stinger circa 1974 for sale. Any interested parties can contact on adams8aa@btinternet.com

  5. i will try and get a photo up of my old 7`1 pintail winger single fin i bought in newquay about 1976 from martin.it was very similar to the one above only violet with red to purple lightning flashes on the edge.it was pretty useless in the slow brit surf but i loved it.

  6. sounds a beauty send some photos in if you can , cheers

    1. i will try and put the pix up when i get back from indo.i have to get them converted into files first.i`ll be back in april.cheers/

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