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

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Alex's photos

Nigel Semmens ,Porthleven 1980

Alex Williams has sent a few photos from his extensive archive. Great shots, from around 1980 -82. This one above was shot the same session as the wipeout one of Keith Beddows at Porthleven 1980 that I put on the blog last month.
Alex remembers- 'Bantham was pumping so I drove to Leven and there was nobody out! So I called Nigel at the factory in Newquay and told him it was pumping, so he drove down
with Keith, Phil Northey. So I got a couple of hours shooting before sunset!
Then back to Bantham, it was late November. The lineup was from the same day.
The cutback shot of Nigel (top) on the same day at Porthleven but between sets, there were good lulls between the real sets.

Contest at Fistral with a young Griska Roberts and Paul Bassford.

Leven lineup 1980

Cornish and open Porthtowan 1982. Seated is French champ Frank Gomis.

Steve England , Porthtowan 1982

A couple more shots from the Cornish and Open from the same day as the other

The shot above has Paul Bassford , Nigel Semmons and with his back to cameras
Ian Thomson of Hot Generation surf boards made at the air field near
Constantine. Shot below is the same contestants with Johnny giving out heat time
Great to see the boards too, cheers Alex


  1. Good stuff - and the best part is that Porthtowan has hardly changed.

  2. Hey, thats me with hair !!!
    The Cornish and Open is still alive and on.