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

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Tris fish and diamond tail

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and got involved with that classic swell on boxing day and yesterday.
We're back with more nice early 70s Tris boards. This was sent in by Paul who recently saw it lurking in a barn and bought it. Great condition and another of those rare twin keels. Short and wide its an original survivor with a template similar to todays 'retro' twin keel fishes. Dimensions are 5'10 x 20 x 2 3/8 and dates from 1973/4. The fins are red fibreglass, although look quite like plastic at first glance. Can't belive the condition of this board - it looks so fresh for a 40 year old, bet its light too and would surf pretty nice. Very original too with no leash attachment, just a drill hole in the fin.

This is another early Tris which I picked up a few months ago. This had also been in a barn for years near St Agnes, put up in the roof so the underside had loads of old dust and grime welded on. This is the earliest Tris I've seen with the classic Keith Flack logo - and the logos are very small on this board compared to the large size they got to a year later. I think it was made in 1972 when diamond tails were a popular shape to ride before the influx of swallow tails a year later. It has a nice dark red tint - quite hard to photograph - with a nice cloth overlay on the deck. The board is pretty flat rocker - wise with rounded dropped rails , not the hard rails of a year or two earlier. Like the fish its made from good quality Bennett foam from Oz. I like the home made grafted on leash fitting - not seen that before ! In all a classic board with lots of early 70s charm. 7'3 x 20 1/2 x 2 3/4.


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