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, 8 August 2010

John Conway singlefin

An interesting board I picked up recently, I'm presuming its made by John Conway in Newquay in around 1969 ? It has a pretty basic Conway logo which looks almost hand stencilled, and is similar to the block Conway logos of later boards. Its also quite unusually shaped, with round nose, widest point further down than usual, coarse weave cloth on the deck area, down rails ( popular in '69 /'70) and an s deck. It has no wooden stringer, just green glue. It looks like a board made by a shaper who was trying lots of ideas out during the shortboard revolution, when loads of experiments were going on. It has a waveset adjustable fin from the US, and also a nice acid drag resin design on the bottom, a technique John learnt from working with Mick Jackman at Bickers. The dimensions are 7 ft x 21 1/4 x 3 in. John was probably only around 20 when the board was made.

From Surf Insight vol 1 no 1, 1972. The pics were taken at the Belmont place factory, down by the Red Lion pub. The guy kneeling down is Joe Hargreaves, Spencer's dad. Thanks to Graham for the photo.

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