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Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Bilbos

This was a nice pair of Bilbos on ebay. They actually went for similar amounts which might be a surprise looking at the conditions ;but the one in worse condition was the rarer of the two, a 1965 d-fin Bilbo from their first year of production . To find any UK d-fin longboards is very hard now (this one was found under a pile of builders rubble destined for the skip !). The other Bilbo here is a later 9 ft 6 from 1966 or early '67 with a more responsive fin ,in pretty tidy condition apart from a nose repair. They both went to the same buyer, as did the yellow Freedom below also on ebay. An expensive week ! and no it wasn't me who bought them.














This was a sweet Freedom, great condition and colour, early to mid 70s.






Tony having some fun on the beach; check out his Bilbo with wooden noseblock and probably tailblock, a quality competition board from around 1966.

2 comments:

  1. here's a correction - the blue nose on the '66 Bilbo was put on by the original owner to be seen more easily for competition scoring.

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  2. The Tony Cope photos were taken at Whitesands Bay, St Davids, Wales in 1966 - there were no other surfers there - we wondered if there were any local surfers at all ! The Bilbo only had a nose block, no tail block, and within a year no boards were being made with strengthening blocks .

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