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, 13 February 2011

Bilbo st Ives

Here's a lovely old mal from Jason. Made from probably Bilbo's first year of production, a real old school longboard with competition stripes, Bilbo's first style of logo, chunky stringer and check out that d fin. You don't see many surviving Bilbos with that fin on, they quickly refined the fin to more of a dorsal shape. The reason for the post title is that this board can be seen in a mid 60s photo of Porthmeor by Doug Wilson, see below.

love that fin, crude but a beauty. Some fins like this were altered or cut to keep in line with new developments.

A 1965/6 competition at Porthmeor, St Ives. Jason's Bilbo is fourth from the left. At this time St Ives was still the main centre for surfing in Cornwall, although Newquay would soon take over. Photos by Doug Wilson of Bilbo.


  1. I am trying to find out about a surfoard that I have. It's orange and white and says surfboards with a circle and inside a 'z'. It's a longboard covered in plexiglass. For some reason I thought it was a Hobi. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  2. Again. more surprises. The shot at St Ives was the last contest I entered and thats me in the wetsuit in front of the yellow and green Bilbo board that belonged to Roger Mansfield - The Grem. My Fred Bickers board was the one with the clear finish and twin stripes either side of the stringer! This is a photo from Doug Wilsons book The History of British Surfing. No relation but a great friend.