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

Friday, 23 December 2011

Tris surfboards

Really nice looking singlefin sent in by Henry. Old Tris boards continue to be very popular/sought after. This one looks very surfable, not too narrow and from around the mid 70s. Nice attention to detail in the pinlining and full tints typical of the quality of finish of Tris boards. This one spent its early years surfing north Wales.

1972 Surf Insight. Graphic design quality a bit lacking but this is probably one of the first Tris adverts.

Got my 1973/4 Tris fish back after restoration with Jase at Leven surfboards. Its a hell of a lot better looking, lighter and more surfable then when I dropped it off. A bit of a christmas pressie to myself, and another mistreated board brought back to its former glory. Can't wait to get it in the water , should motor along, its 6'4 x 21 so quite big for a fish and plenty volume, thick at the nose and tapering down to a slim and dainty tail (thickness wise). If I was to do anything different in the resto it'd be to use better quality wood in the fins - the one we used had moisture in even after being dried for a good time. Bog standard quality B&Q plywood = my schoolboy error.

Tris with an early twin fin design 1971


  1. The "s" behind the Tris Logo is a "Chops" pattern, he used. So might have been shaped by him?

  2. Looking good Al. Love the archive image of Tris! Aside from the old hair, he hasn't changes a bit. Classic.

  3. genius patch on the bottom al, looks lovely. if you ever want some decent ply give me a shout.

    don't think santa has got 'ME' a tris though this xmas, but i keep hoping! : )

  4. thanks for the comments everyone. I think we can agree that Jase did a great job on the Tris. Was just looking at the skimpy fins on the twinnie tris is holding - how tiny are they !