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, 14 February 2010

Cornish surfing in the 1920s & 30s

1920s Perranporth surfers with boards made by the local coffin maker.
British surfing hit its first boom in the 20s and 30s. In between the wars people wanted to enjoy themselves in a healthy way and railways brought huge amounts of visitors to the Cornish and Devon resorts. Manufactured ply boards came in the 20s to meet demand, but many surfers started out with crude flat boards made by a local carpenter or coffin maker. Nigel Oxenden from Jersey was an early standout surfer who rode a 5'6 heavy bellyboard in the 20s and had possibly the first surf leash, tied from a hole in his board to the belt on his bathing suit.
Newquay 1936 , above and below

Unknown, 20s or 30s, probably Cornwall

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