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 .
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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Neil Wernham Tris



 The grin says it all. North Devon board magnet (or should I say magnate) Skelly has laid his hands on another Tris with artwork by Neil Wernham . Neil's Tris boards have an appeal to us Brit collectors on a similar level to Martyn Worthington's Hot Buttereds for the Aussies. He was a great artist and worked for one of our best loved labels . The only problem is - theres hardly any of the things out there. Skelly has had three, which doesnt sound much , but thats half of the ones I know about ! One he got was covered in brown spray paint. If anyone else has a mid 70s Tris with good artwork on send in some photos.
Neil came over from NZ and worked over here in the mid 70s, and sprayed some Tris boards in between sanding jobs. He now lives in Raglan and still paints a lot. Like this spray, much of his artwork is inspired by space travel and the Cosmos - and trippy things in general ! This board shape with its narrow rounded nose is typical of what Tris was making in '74/ '75. The quality of finish and attention to detail on these boards is beautiful.

 A few more of the surviving Tris by Neil.




Skelly (not on a Tris) on a nice Devon spot last winter

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