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, 9 January 2014

Horizon twin fin by Tim Symons - St Ives

 This recent find is pretty interesting for me because its a local make I haven't seen before . Im sure some of the old St Ives locals know a lot about Horizon boards. If you do let me know. This board is shaped by Tim Symons from St Ives ; it originally had 2 1/2 fins glassed in, but someone has since repaired it very badly by roughly glassing in two multifins. Dimensions are 5'8 x 20 1/4 x 2 1/2.
I think the Horizon boards were made somewhere on the outskirts of St Ives ; Tim had been shaping boards since the mid 70s with Pete and Kid Phillips (formerly worked at Atlantic). It must have been a relatively small label since I havent seen any ads for it in the surf mags of the day.
 In 1974 Tim became both English and British junior champion and won Surf magazine's Surfer of the Year award - see below. His local break was Porthmeor but he travelled around to Porthleven, Gwenver , Gwithian and Porthtowan chasing the best waves.
This is a pretty standard shape for the time, and has good build quality and finish. I wish it had the original fins as whoever put these ones in had a shocker.
Tim is now a successful businessman in St Ives and owns property along the waterfront including the Sloop inn.

Surf magazine December 1974

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