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, 5 June 2011

Jolly good surfboards

Here are some classic photos from the short lived Jolly Good surfboards era, sent in by Tigger.
Jolly Good started in 1975 when Tigger returned from Hawaii, and ended in late '76 when he emigrated to Australia. They were shaped by him in St Merryn and laminated and finished at Tris in Porthtowan. Of the photo above Tig says ' lovely Nancy Dinmore art on a Jolly Good swallow at the chapel on the old WW2 St Merryn airfield, 1976. Door leads to vestry (should you need to change into your hassock).' Thats tigger at the shaping bay.

Nick Kavanagh, designer of the Jolly Good logo, with another great Nancy Dinmore spray on a Jolly Good pintail from 1976.

I always think of Dennis the menace when I look at this , and later found out that Tig and Tris were both huge fans of the Beano, and gave it as the brief for Nick who designed the logo.

'The vivacious Nancy was from Maui and graced my factory in 1975 and '76 producing beautiful sprays, seen clowning around with the equally vivacious Petroc Dann, Porthleven 1976'

Tigger , 1976 by Alex.

Thanks as always to Tigger for his priceless photos, many of which I guess have never been published before. If anyone out there still has a Jolly Good with a Nancy spray send some photos in !


  1. always a good read...but there's something scarily clockwork orangesque about the 2nd pic!

  2. I kind of know what you mean but the slippers are reassuring