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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Chapter single fin

This is Dan's 6'3 Chapter, shaped in around 1980 and still in amazing condition. It was custom made for the previous owner, who then put it in the attic for 30 years ,hence the condition. Chapters are probably less well known for these high quality custom boards - advertised then under the dubious sales slogan 'probably the most expensive custom boards available' !! Chapter had real success with their pop out moulded boards which included all models from a longboards, MR style twin fins to kneeboards , usually with the retro arrow design on the deck.
Chapter was started in Braunton by Mervyn Beard in the mid 70s , who had shaped with Tiki before that. They started out making normal boards, and with the help of John Stacey perfected a way of making cheap and improved moulded boards in 1976 , producing upto 25 a week through to the 80s. Mabye its because Chapter is so synonomous with pop outs that collectors have overlooked them and quality boards like this 6'3 come as a surprise.






1981

1981
1979 .Tad Ciastula of Vit Sea with kneeboard and singlefin moulded boards
Tiki shaped by Mervyn Beard, late 60s

6 comments:

  1. Nigel Crawford surfing in the AD at K16 1981

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  2. `Flipper` Stacy, as he was known in N Devon, pulled out of surfing quite a long while ago & now lives in the Midlands !

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  3. Back in the day he was a real power surfer

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  4. thanks for the comments. Chapter team riders in early 80s were Nigel Crawford, Richard Carter, Tim Barrow, Pete Oram and Mike Baker

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  5. Hi have recently purchased a old chapter fish tail pop out that needs a little works on the seam, could you confirm what the best filler to use is please. kind regards Mike (mike.warman@infra-projects.com)

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