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

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Check your bins

One thing I love about collecting surfboards is that if you're at the right place at the right time you can get one dirt cheap, and sometimes even cheaper, when people are literally throwing them away. I have had two emails from people with such boards recently.
This 1970 Tig rolled deck 7'2 is owned by Alan from near Polzeath. The board belonged to a guy from Polzeath who left fo Oz. His mum was friends with Alan's wife and swapped it for a bottle of whisky ! At the time Alan didn't know it was such a historic board. Whether the guy freaked out when he returned from Oz to find his mum had swapped his Tig for a long gone bottle of booze I don't know !
Alan has given it some gentle restoration. It has a printed logo, although it looks hand drawn, and Tigger remembers doing the Jackson Pollack style drip artwork.

Here's another even cheaper board. Romain from France came out of his house the other day to find this Freedom in a nearby bin ! It doesn't even seem to have much damage and Romain is going to fix it up and get it in the water again. Its a classic 6'2 thruster from 1987 by Gordon Jackson in Jersey, with suitably cool 80s spray. It also has Victory and Gotcha decals under the glass, suggesting a team rider ? What a classic. Gordon did a big shipment of these boards for France in '87/'88 and some are still floating around in French collections like Stephane's in Biarritz, who has two. Freedom had a surf shop in Biarritz .

Check your bins and skips and have a bottle of whisky at the ready. Happy hunting...

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