Vintage Surf meet 2018 coming soon !

Vintage Surf meet 2018 coming soon !
Free to take part
We buy interesting old boards 60s/70s/early 80s in good condition. Email . Also wanted - Surfing UK , British Surfer and Surf Insight magazines .
Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Skewjack surf village , Sennen

One place I wish I'd gone to was Skewjack surf camp in its 70s heyday, but I was just a kid back then and hadn't even started surfing. It was situated above Sennen and was started around 1970 by local surfer Chris Tyler. Boasting ' 2 girls for every boy' it was soon nicknamed Screwjack and seemed to be a mix of hedonistic nights and summer days full of empty waves and a great hub of the local surf scene. Surfboards were free to use and hot local surfers either were employed as lifeguards or surf instructors for the young holidaymakers. Skewjack had good facilities with a pool, restaurant, disco / bar, surf shop and chalets to stay in.The 70s were the golden era and by the late 80s Skewjack was forced to close. There's a site dedicated to it , , check it out for more photos and memories.


  1. I was there 1978 - through to 1985, I'm just writing about it now hence the reason ended up here fining this site. I had a Tris Quad back then and was looking for images of the same or similar. The desription here is pretty much spot on. Good memories. I know Essex Chris's son, hung out with him for a few years in the late 80's along with a whole bunch of people down there. Peter Urqhart was my favourite amongst the staff along with the legendary Harvey Hoare, 'Gloria' (John)and others.

  2. Aye ! I was there 1978 to 1985 also.
    it's a pity i didn't have the money to stay for the season.Every year i had to drag myself back to work after a week at Skewjack.