Vintage Surf meet 2018 coming soon !

Vintage Surf meet 2018 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

Monday, 31 October 2011

The Cribbar

Here are some awesome photos (from ) of the Cribbar in Newquay being ridden by tow in crews yesterday. The swell was reading 13 ft at 13 seconds and conditions looked near perfect with some inside barrels on offer for the brave.

Back in sept 1966 a similar huge swell went trough the Cribbar and a few surfers went out and made history as the first to ride it. Back then things were a bit different of course - a long paddle out , single fin longboards - 10 or 11 ft , no wetsuit, no leash and no back up if things went wrong. Losing your board meant a long and dangerous swim round the headland - and a mashed up board . Needless to say it was surfers from overseas who pioneered the Cribbar , who had grown up surfing big waves. They included Hawaiian Jack Lydgate, Australians Bob Head, Johnny McIlroy and Pete Russell and Rod Sumpter.

Johnny McIlroy on a Cribbar beast 1966, above and below.

unidentified rider, Cribbar 1966

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