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

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Cheyne Horan by CJ

Colin has sent in photos of his Cheyne Horan model which he has owned for years but not taken into the water much. As with all these UK Cheyne models it was made in Newquay in the Vitamin Sea factory and shaped by Chris Jones. This is one of the later ones, no. 58 made in 1983. I think the first models were produced in late '81/ early '82 , after Chyene signed a deal with Vit Sea while he was over competing at Fistral. Most of them were toned down versions of Cheyne's boards, mostly twin fins with a few singlefins and a few more extreme lazor zap shapes.
This board is interesting because it was actually on the Vit Sea stand at the 1983 Wind and Surf show at Alexandra Palace as you can see below in Alex Williams' photo which was published in an article in Surf Scene mag. Other surf brands exhibiting were New Wave, Gul, Alder, Freedom and Surf Scene, and even Surf-jet the motorised stand up surfboard !

Tad Ciastula at the Wind & Surf show, photo Alex Williams

 Wavelength 1982

Newquay groms, around 1984/5 Spencer Hargreaves (with Lazor zap inspired Vit Sea), Randall Davies, Lucien and Jonny Jonston

Cheyne pushing the limits of his sub 6ft board. Classic photo early 80s by Dan Merkel
Check out the gangster Wayne Lynch
Now here's a find - Cheyne personal board recently on show at a French surf meet , mid to late 80s. See


  1. Pic is from the Wind & Surf Show at Alexander palace

  2. My dad Barry James ran these exhibitions he brought windsurfing to the UK early 1970's