Good looking double ender shaped by Tim Heyland for the short lived Great Britain label which ran alongside Tim's Tiki label. Shaped around '71 /'72 at the Braunton factory. Tim travelled alot back in the early days and picked up contacts and influences from the US and Hawaii which helped Tiki become a major brand. At this time his shop had the US distribution rights for Gordon and Smith, Bing and Weber. This board is from the Gul collection. A perfect logo for the British surfer.
Friday, 28 May 2010
A mate came over to photo some of the boards today so I took the opportunity to get my camera out too. Always love to see the different tints hitting off each other in the sunshine, the colours never seem to lose their intensity .The t&c's almost too bright to look at , but even the early 70s boards are still really strong.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Bilbo 6'5 from around 1969/70. Alex got this one from a chap who lived in middle England and only used it on his yearly summer hols to Newquay or Cromer. This sort of owner usually means a pretty good condition board - if there was no surf that week the board wouldn't get used that year etc. This one has the late 60s Bilbo fin system and an unusual later addition of a leash plug on the underside behind the fin !
You may have noticed I haven't been putting as much on the blog as usual over the last couple of weeks - mainly because I've been finishing my paintings for the exhibition. It starts this friday at 6.30, all welcome so come and have a look . All proceeds of the painting at the bottom will go to Surfers against Sewage , and will sell to whoever submits the highest bid over the first week of the show, so please dig deep to help keep our seas clean !
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Nice board from Sean, probably 60s with classic girly logo. Because of this its one of the few boards which is allowed in the flat.
Bellyboarders today, John Isaac - the cat in the hat, and fellow proners. The World bellyboarding championships is at Chapelporth on 5th september, and has two categories, juniors : under 60s and seniors : over 60s.
Old postcards of bellyboarding at Bude, and we think we've got a crowd problem now ! At least back then everyone could ride the same wave.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Henry has sent pics of his clean mid/late 70s singlefin. Its shaped by Newquay surfer Martin gearbox Geary for Piran at Perranporth. Martin had his own labels in the early 70s - Martin Richard and Outer Limits, and was working with Ocean Magic in the early 80s. This one is numbered as Piran's 41st board and is 7'10x 21 1/2. I had a Piran stinger which I stupidly sold a few years ago and is now in the Surfing Museum, its one of the few I regret selling but I know its in good hands with Peter.
The first cover story on modern surfing by Britain's mainstream press ? Possibly. August 1969 Telegraph magazine, written by sports writer David Miller and set in Jersey for the European champs. The main surfer interviewed is Jersey local Barry Jenkins from Freedom surfboards. The writing is obviously by someone who doesn't surf and as usual glamourises the danger and the lifestyle, it also has some dubious bits of information like- surfing is a bit like riding your bike with your feet on the handlebars- and- Wayne Lynch is said to have looped the loop on the inside surface of the tube. But its a good piece about what was going on at the time and how many surfers there were - 10,000 in Britain in '69, 3,000 in the BSA , more than I'd expected.
Sunday, 16 May 2010
1982 Cheyne Horan model Vit sea, shaped by Newquay shaper Chris Jones. Around this time the Aussies were doing very well on the world contest scene and it made good financial sense for Vit Sea to bring out some Australian pro models under licence. First came Bronzed Aussies, and then Mark Richards, Cheyne Horan and Rabbit Bartholomew Hot Stuff, all made by local shapers. Chris shaped most of the Cheyne models in Newquay, most of them weren't as radical as the boards Cheyne surfed although Chris did make some single fin Lazor Zap models, now very rare.
This one is 5'10 x 20 1/4 x 2 1/2 , numbered CH 12 , with great artwork from Andy Cranston. It has classic stickers from the late 80s/ early 90s on the underside , which is pretty plain compared to the deck, and nice transparent multi fins.
Friday, 14 May 2010
Was having a look on Oz ebay for Hot Buttereds and noticed this beauty, swinging 60s in full measure ,if Austin Powers had a surfboard ...