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

Monday, 21 January 2013

British kneeboard

Thanks to Shaun for sending in photos of this scoop decked kneeboard. Its rare to find an early British knee machine like this, and having no logo or makers name its history is kind of cloudy. Its around 5 ft long and has the heavyweight coarse weave cloth reminiscent of 60s longboards. I would date it to the early 70s though because of the swallow tail.
It could have been made by Britain's answer to Greenough ! A guy possibly in Cornwall or Devon who designed the board himself, had a knowledge of board building, grabbed whatever materials he could lay his hands on, and checked the surf mags for design features, like the scoop deck, swallow tail and rope holds. Like Greenough he started it as a twin fin (or single + sidebites) and then found it worked better as a single.
Ok its not exactly Velo ! But still its got a lot of character.

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