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Vintage Surf meet 2018 coming soon !
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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, 21 February 2012

crazy little s-deck

Here's a pretty unusual little board, its 5'8 x 21 1/4 x 2 1/4 , made from a stringerless blank and with down rails so it must date from 1970/71 when that was the fashion. Originally the board had a nice red tint on the deck and rails, and the plain underside with the sun face on - which reminds me of illustrations in old story books. Whether its a branded board or a garage board I don't know - the evidence is hidden behind the respray and marbled paint on the deck, done in the late 70s ? and lacquered to preserve it. Experience has taught me that if someone has gone to this much trouble to re coat a board then theres probably a nasty ding or two under the paint - so I won't strip it off as I think it looks pretty good and definitely an unusual take on an acid drag.
The board has one of those huge imported wave set fins, used at the time by John Conway surfboards, Freedom and others. Its a pretty small and thin board so was probably made for a pretty good transitional surfer at the height of the 'length chop' era . The magic Island surf shop sticker and registration are much later - from the mid 80s when it was a kids learner board.
Definitely a board with history !

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