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, 4 October 2011

5'10 Vitamin Sea twin fin with channels

This amazing board was shaped by Chris Jones in Newquay for Vitamin Sea surfboards, in 1982 or 83. The condition is as good as you'll find for a board of this age - when board weight was coming down so the surface of the boards wasn't as robust as it had been in the 70s. In the late 80s the boards lost still more weight when the gloss coat started to be sanded down leaving the matt finish of most modern shortboards. The other very unique thing about this board are the torpedo shaped channels . A lot of boards in the early 80s had straight channels but nothing like these. I guess the idea was to speed up the flow of water under the board and create some lift.
The board has a 2 1/2 fn set up, with big multi fins and a small back fin to give a more bite.
Judging by the condition this board has only been surfed a handful of times, and CJ was stoked to see it again at the surf meet last summer.

Chris Jones at Fistral on a Vit Sea, 1981

Tad at the Vitamin Sea stand at the London Boat Show 1983. Cheyne Horan and Vit Sea shortboards along the back wall.

1 comment:

  1. where has that board ended up now? That thing looks so good! If you (or anyone you know) have any real nice colourful clean late 70's or early-mid 80's boards for sale, let me know, I'm super keen to add to my collection! My email is