Vintage Surf meet 2019 coming soon !

Vintage Surf meet 2019 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, 12 September 2013

Some recent finds

Well shock horror ! Here I am writing a blog post. I apologise sincerely for the fact I havent written one for ages but I've been away and then had serious deadlines to do work for, but now hopefully things will get back to normality or something approaching it. Thanks to those you of who inquired after my well being, wondering if I was still in the land of the living ! Yes I am still alive and ready to entertain you with the weird and wonderful relics of our surfing past.
As you can imagine I have a backlog of loads of stuff to put on !!
A couple more Space Gypsies have turned up and heres one of them ( the other one was spotted and bought in a supermarket car park in Cornwall's grockle season) .
This board here is quite like what Danny Galrland was riding as his favourite personal small - medium wave board. Single fin stinger around 6'6 , double concave with small concaves in the wings. A cool old board from around 1977.

This Conway s deck has randomly spent a lot of its life in Holland. Thijs sent me the photos, its made in the early 70s and the dimensions are 6'5 x 21 3/4 x 3+ in , stringerless and with down rails popular in around 1971. It looks in amazing condition except that a previous owner (god knows why) put some deck straps on, which the next owner, a Dutch surfer has tried to repair. By the look of the straps they were for holding when prone, or were footstraps for wave ski activity !?  Apart from this its a great board with loads of character, especially the hand foiled fin.

 Stephane in Biarritz has been busy again, finding yet another nice Freedom, this time a 6'11 singlefin made in Jersey by the talented shaper Bobby Male . Is France over run with vintage Freedoms ? It seems like it. Well done to Stephane for clearing them off the streets.
This one looks fast, with a sharp spray job, perfect for bombing along French beachbreaks in the late 70s. It was in Cornwall until the early 80s though as the registration shows. Stephane is stoked to find one with the reg. sticker as French boards never had them.

 Freedom surf shop, Biarritz. Late 80s ? photo Iain Gilmour.
 Freedom crew at the Splash 1983 - Peck, Bobby Male and Steve Harewood. This pic and below - David Ferguson.
 Freedom twin fins at Secrets 1983.
Jersey hang out late 80s.


  1. oohh aahh the Conway is nice! And the Freedon for that matter, well done Stephane

  2. i think the conway is for sale , but a decent price and its in Holland. Let me know if you want his email.