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

Thursday, 28 April 2011

John Conway singlefin

Here's a beautiful singlefin by John Conway in Newquay, around 1969/70. The result of a recent swap with Pete, who got it from Revolver in the golden days when their racks were packed with old boards. This board was made during the more whacky times of the first transitional period, when shapers didn't know when to stop experimenting with shorter boards, and guys like Nat Young were surfing tiny boards, to his cost in bigger waves. The Conway comes in at a shade under 5'4 x 20 1/2 x 2 3/4, and is an s-deck. Perhaps it was made for a young rider or a short adult, who knows. Its certainly not a kneeboard.

Its a beautifully made little board, with full resin tints top and bottom, and glitter sprays on the rails and underside, with yellow pinlining. The yellow 'eyes' and around the fin were added later. It has a strip of glue rather than a stringer.


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