Vintage Surf meet 2019 coming soon !

Vintage Surf meet 2019 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

Friday, 8 April 2011

friends reunited

Its farewell to my Cheyne Horan today, but a happy goodbye. It was Martin Conolly's first board , a christmas present in 1988, and the board he began surfing on. When he part exed it for a Boardwalk thruster a few years later did he think he'd ever see it again ? Not a chance. Martin runs a surf school and is a friend of Alex's, and sent in photos of a couple of nice old boards for the blog last year. On the blog he caught a glimpse of what might have been his first board, but wasn't sure - there could have been loads with that design. But looking at the stickers on the underside sealed it, it was the same board, and he sent in an old pic of him and the board in 1988. Now, the Cheyne was a board I'd vowed I wouldn't part with unless I found a nicer one, but hey I am human, and the chances of finding your old board again after 25 years are so slim, we've done a board swap and its back in his quiver and going to get in the water at Bantham again. Needless to say he's as stoked as a 10 year old with his first board ! I'm hoping that a healthy dose of good karma may come my way and help me find another cheyne one day...
Martin said the condition of the board was pretty similar to when he last saw it all those years ago, admitting to causing the dings as a grom. It just has a couple of different stickers now. A pretty good survival !


  1. Aaah! Great to find this blog! Was just browsing as I'd like to talk about vintage surfboards in my next topic, and found your wonderful blog.
    We'll be going back to Newquay (this time for good, I hope, x-fingers & fins) in September, and hope to ride everyday once again.
    Best of luck and will defo follow.
    Keep up the good work! And well done on the swap. Good karma all around...
    Kind regards, Joy

  2. good to have you on board Joy, thanks for the great comments, cheers Al