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

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Tig publicity shot 1969

''Here is an early Tig Surfboards publicity shot - never published (until now!). A shot inspired by Pink Floyd's Ummagumma Album, which in turn was inspired by those shots in mags like the Illustrated London News featuring RAF jet fighters with all their weaponry unpacked and arranged on the tarmac.
The Tig surfboards crew from 1969 in the garden of Rosmerrin, Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall (The Newling family home between approximately 1960 and 1976). L-R Glasser Terry Lysaght, Designer Tigger Newling, Shaper Roger Land.
Roger and Terry were very experienced surfboard builders from New Zealand who taught me a great deal about the art and craft of boardmaking. Somehow they put up with a very green 18 year old boss.
This was the year Tig surfboards really hit its stride and started producing some great boards.
Note the two George Greenough Spoon kneeboards built by Tigger. They feature a scooped out deck and flexible fibreglass bottom and tail. Vintage board collectors should be on the lookout for those!
Also the board at front right is a 'sideslipper' model shaped by Tigger. As popularized by Midget Farrelly at the time.

The strange columns are fibreglass encrusted work trousers which we used to pour waste resin over. After a while they could stand up by themselves.
On the bank behind are unshaped blanks.''
Thanks to Tigger for sending in the great photo and description. I'm stoked the picture got its first showing here after so many years in Tigger's archive. Those Tig spoons are certainly something, would love to find one of them ! As for the trousers - classic !

Pink Floyd full kit

Article by Tigger, British Surfer no 2, 1969, with photos of him.


  1. Vintage quiver! Thanks for this post. Wonderful as usual.

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