We buy interesting old boards 60s/70s/early 80s in good condition. Email alasdairlindsay75@gmail.com . Also wanted - Surfing UK , British Surfer and Surf Insight magazines .
Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Thursday, 13 December 2012

early 80s Rockit by Phil Clifford

Brightening up a cold winters day is this bolt of colour in the shape of a 1983 Rockit shaped in Newquay by Phil Clifford. Its a 2 1/2 fin, marking the transition from twinnies to thrusters , and is in great condition, as bright and fresh as when it left the factory 30 years ago. As Wavelength mag n0.2 says in 1982 '' Rockit surfboards aka Phil Clifford aka Vitamin Sea's demon ex sprayer has set up a 'small is beautiful' factory with the emphasis on total customisation''.
So set up in 1982, Rockit produced a small number of artful boards with some unusual designs and great sprays. One of Phil's signatures of the time was unusual design work in the tail, often with a few pairs of sharp flyers, and his double swallow tail - a narrow swallow set inside a wide one.
Don't know much about the story of this board apart from it must have been in someones attic for a long time, and it was brought down to the local surf shop for a part ex. Dimensions are 5'11 x 20 1/4.
Phil was one of the early 70s crew at Boscombe pier and Kimmeridge, and enjoyed J bay in the 70s. He worked at Vitamin Sea, then started making his Rockit boards in the early 80s and now works with Nigel Semmens . He still makes some Rockits today.





 
from wavelength no.2 1982
Double swallow tail
Another Rockit I found a couple of years ago at the tip, now in the Museum's collection
 

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