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Thursday, 15 April 2010

Keo surfboards

There were such a lot of surfboard makers in the UK in the 60s and 70s that theres still quite a few I haven't mentioned. One is Keo, who made custom and more affordable popout surfboards and kneeboards ,and bellyboards. I can't find anything out about Keo so can't be sure where they were made - Cornwall or Devon is a pretty safe bet. This one is from Alex's collection, an early / mid 70s single fin.





I picked this 70s Keo bellyboard up yesterday, like the logo and the wierd figure.

4 comments:

  1. Graham has come up with some stuff about Keo. It was started by Staurt Keogh (hence the name ) who owned the surf shop in Fore st Newquay near the entrance to the harbour. Keogh had a small local factory making boards under his name, both popouts and a few customs.

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  2. Yep, there's a bit about them in Carl Thomsons "Surfing in Great Britain" in the section near the end on manufactor's. I have a Keo mal and a early 70's single fin, both definately hand shaped, so of the non pop-out variety.

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  3. Keo boards where made in Newquay Cornwall

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  4. my first ever board was a 4 ft orange round tail single fin Keo.... i was only 6 years old but i vaguely remember going into a place with my dad just round from the newquay train station maybe in or around Tor road.

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