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

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Freedom fest

Here's a great collection of Freedoms sent in by Jean Pierre from - predictably - Jersey. As the island's big board maker from the late 60s to the late 80s, there must be quite a few Freedoms hanging around. Many of jp's boards have the original Jersey permits from the 70s, which is nice to see. Shapers include Steve Harewood, Bobby Male, Gordon Jackson for the 80s thruster, and Paul Gross, who I haven't heard of before,for the green twin fin on the end. The board on the left is the first ever Freedom shaped in 1968 by Steve Harewood and based on a US Challenger feather. A great range from the clean lines and simplicity of the early boards through to the squat boards with jazzy sprays of the 80s. Thanks to Jean Pierre and keep looking..

These are my prized Freedoms - the left two are by Steve Harewood, 6'2 x 20 3/4 and 6'10 x 20 3/4; and the two on the right are by Bobby Male ,6'6 x 20 1/2 and 6'8 x 22. Although they look in good condition they've had a lot of use over the years.

By Steve Harewood, 1970.

Early 70s Freedom owned and well surfed by Jamie Pardoe.

Bobby Male, 80s. photo by Gerry George.

Steve Harewood today


  1. Think the Paul Gross may have been Paul Grieves who shaped at Freedom throughout the 80's.!/photo.php?fbid=271220196973&set=a.181484131973.156071.665376973&type=1&theater

    Pic of Freedom Factory team early 80's

  2. i just got given a freedom shaped by bobby male and im attempting to date it, it looks like the board second from left (next to the green one), any ideas?