Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Stephane sends us these shots of his immaculate Ocean Magic circa 1980 single fin by Nigel Semmens. I'd imagine singles were quite rare by this stage as most boards would be twinnies. Ocean Magics are always good to see, especially by Nigel, British champ in '79 and European champ in '81, the most successful surfer in the country at the time he shaped this.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Surf Insight is Britain's second earliest surf mag, after Rod Sumpter's British Surfer. It was started by Paul Holmes ( who went on to be editor of Australian mag Tracks and editor of Surfer through the 80s), Fuz Bleakley and Simonne Renvoize. It was in newspaper format and included political and social issues, had a environmental page, cartoons by Fuz and wide ranging surf articles which made it an influential Rolling Stone meets surf-esque mag. It is very rare to see any copies now so thanks to Graham for sending pics of his.If anyone wants to contact Graham about his mags or possible trades email him on email@example.com . The Surf magazine is from the mid 70s and features Graham Nile from St Austell on the cover.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Tigger circa 1970
Surf Insight with Tigger on the cover 1972
M P in 1969 with egg.
Nice shape by Tigger Newling from the '69/'70 transition period. During this time board lengths were cut dramatically; as in this board volume was kept up with an S or domed deck. The board dimensions are 6ft x 21 1/2 x 2 3/4. When I got this board it was in a bad state, fin chewed up and hanging off and many repairs needed; I also added a leash plug which I now regret as I should have kept it in the original state. It's signed Tigger 3270 which I'm thinking may mean it was made in 1970 as I'm sure he hadn't shaped thousands of boards at this early stage. The board also has down rails which shows the 69/ 70 Australian influence.
The Newlings were a popular and successful surfing family in the Treyarnon and Constantine area through the 70s. Tigger was a lifeguard, shaper and competition surfer who wasn't afraid of tackling local heavy reefs , including Porthleven and the Cribbar. He was influenced by Australian surfing and shaping after competing in the worlds at Bells Beach in 1970, and surfed in a radical but smooth style. He won the British champs in 1973 in 6-8 ft surf at Freshwater west.
He started Tig surfboards at age 17 from a greehouse, and in 1975 was working under Gerry Lopez at Lightening Bolt in Hawaii, before returning to Cornwall to start his Jolly Good label. He moved to Australia in 1980. Tigger said ' During that trip to Australia in 1970, I saw the boards Michael Peterson, Wayne Lynch and Nat Young were riding- those really wide egg shapes with big Greenough style single fins. I liked the design, so I built some of those when I got home, and they worked pretty well for me' ( from The Surfing Tribe p. 86 ).
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Thanks to Peter Robinson of the Surfing Museum for the pic of the Surfer cover of 1982 showing Ted Deerurst with quiver and hounds outside his manor house.A classic shot and the boards are possibly some of his own shapes using the bolt logo. The Surfing museum owns the bolt he's riding on the cover of the Atantic Surfer I featured recently.
Monday, 19 October 2009
Stephane from Biarritz has sent these photos of the first French board collectors meet a couple of weeks ago at Lege Cap-Ferret; looks like a good turn out. Stephane wonders if we have meets in the UK and as far as I know we don't but it sounds like fun and its always good to oggle at other old boards, so watch this space ...... thanks again to Stephane and I'll be putting on more boards from him soon.
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Here's some bilbo logos on a 1970s badge, a late 60s sticker from the Welsh bilbo shop, and a 1969 sew on patch , plus a random 60s toes on the nose sticker. Thanks to Graham who bought the patch himself in 69 and has a large collection of British surfing memorabilia ;we look forward to seeing some more of his gems.
Friday, 16 October 2009
Here's a couple of boards I just picked up, a nice early 80s quad and a late 80s Kamikaze thruster. The quad is 5'8 x 19 3/4 and is a Stanton shape for Erich K designs ; this name isn't familiar and it turned up no results on google - does anyone know more than google on this one ? The Kamikaze is by mutley and dated 1989 , in good nick with original deck pad and stickers, I like the fins; its 6'6 x 19 1/2.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Ted was born Viscount Coventry and affectionately known as Lord Ted .He grew up in Britain and then moved to California, and was the first european to join the IPS world tour. He was a popular 'playboy' character on the tour who made his mark and flew the flag for Britain . In reality he was skint for long periods of time on the tour and often had to sleep in his car. He fearlessly surfed solid waves in Hawaii and his career high came in 1978 (?) when he got through to the semis of the Jose Cuervo classic at 12 ft Sunset beach, knocking out Cheyne Horan and Shaun Tomson's brother.
Ted surfed Parrish Lightning Bolts in Hawaii and when he returned to Britain , probably to earn some cash, he started shaping and was allowed to use the bolt logo. This board is from that era, its 6'8 x 19 x 2 1/2 . He emigrated to Australia in 1979 and started his excalibur label. He died of heart failure in 1997.
Ted was deeply commited to surfing and was full of the British never say die optimism. At one point he decided to take up snowboarding with the famous last words 'at least you can't drown in the mountains' , he spent the next six months in hospital ! He starred on the cover of Surfer mag in 1982 as 'aristocratic lord ted ' with his bolt quiver and hunting hounds outside the family pile ; if anyone has a copy I would love to feature it.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
The Gul collection is always a good place to see old boards, its just off the A30 at Bodmin and you can walk in and see them in the huge entrance hall. There's about 35 boards and they're restored and well displayed. Highlights include Creamed Honeys, Ocean magic, Zippy sticks, john Conways and lots of Bilbos including Rod Sumpters union jack model. The Sumpter model was apparently owned by a farmer in Hayle before Gul acquired it !Well worth a visit ; buy British and support companies like Gul.