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

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Circle Ones by Jeff Townsley

There have been quite a few Circle Ones up for sale recently, reflecting how successful the label was in the 70s with loads of boards made and sold, and top guest shapers like Peter Drouyn. Judging by how many turn up these days Circle One must have been one of the biggest of that era along with Tris, Tiki, Ocean Magic, Freedom and Roger Cooper's labels.
Here are a couple of Circle Ones which Alex has picked up recently off that 'well known auction site' . This one's a gem, an early 80s five fin-box flyer ; short and fat like many boards today and with the wide point pretty much middle of the board. It has a 2 1/2 fin set up at the moment but could be twin, quad or thruster - all popular set ups in the innovation period of the early-mid 80s. Its also got channels and a great spray with lots of pinlining.

Some of Jeff's personal riders. The one on the left has a similar shape to Alex's board. These boards are now in Shaun's collection.
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This late 70s singlefin is evidence you can still pick up nice classic for £30. A bit of tail work needed but it looks solid otherwise.

Alex is lending boards and his photos to this upcoming exhibition at Plymouth museum - 'Endless Summer: the evolution of surfing' which should be quite a large exhibition , running from 21 July- 6 October 2012. Includes boards, mags, memorabilia, photos and art so sounds well worth a visit. Other lenders are private collectors and the Surfing museum.

Endless Summer: The Evolution of Surfing

21 July to 6 October 2012 Plymouth Museum.

Surfing and its influences are part of everyday life for many people and this exhibition will explore the evolution of this extreme sport in our region.

A timeline, interactives, paintings by artist Kurt Jackson, boards from private collectors and the Museum of British Surfing plus images and vintage magazine covers from renowned surf photographer, Alex Williams will show how different elements of the sport have evolved since the early 1900s.
The exhibition will also include a woodblock print, on loan from Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, of ‘The Wave’ by Katsushika Hokusai. This iconic print is one of the most reproduced artworks in the world and the subject of an episode of the 2010 radio series, ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’.
A wide range of fun holiday activities and a special surf photography competition in partnership with Magic Seaweed will also run alongside this headline summer exhibition.

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