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

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Crest bellyboard

You may have seen this Crest bellyboard which the surfing museum is selling on ebay for some christmas fundraising. Pete at the museum knows alot about the Crest label (of Penzance)  and its history ,see below-
' This is a very special auction for an original Crest vintage wooden bellyboard - a true classic and the 'holy grail' of bellyboards as these are believed to be the first ever produced that had a brand. They were created in Cornwall by the late Ronald S Funnell originally using Gaboon plywood - he wrote the earliest known British surfing book 'The Art of Surf-Riding' that was first published in 1934. This board is in excellent condition, it looks like it has only ever had natural oil applied not varnish and measures the standard 4 foot long by 1 foot wide. The exact age of the board isn't known - but in Funnell's 1953 reprint of his book he says his boards were no longer available new.
Along with the bellyboard we are including a reproduction of the very rare original 1934 advert for the boards, which has been scanned and printed on a good quality canvas for wall hanging.

The Museum of British Surfing has a Crest bellyboard on display right now, and has others in its stored collection. This board and print have been donated for us to auction by a private collector who asked to remain anonymous - but we'd like to say a massive thank you for this very generous donation'.
The museum also has a few Surf meet t-shirts left for sale, see other items.
 A couple on holiday in Newquay with their Crest bellyboard, 1950s /60s. (at Tolcarne ?)
Bellyboarders ,Newquay bay 1925

1 comment:

  1. that must be worth a few quid with a history from the british surfing museum.