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, 6 March 2014

Bilbos by CJ

 This big and beautiful Bilbo was recently acquired by Paul . At 10ft 6 its longer than most boards of the time (circa 1966/67) , shown by the fact it needed some high density foam added at the tail to increase the length of the standard blank. The previous owner bought it in 1971 for £5 from an Aussie traveller who had come up to north Devon with it from Cornwall.
The shape is by Chris Jones and shows the develpoment of his tail shape which would become a feature of his sought after CJ models of '68 - '70. The rails are bladey and 50 50 , the fin refined and manouverable . One of the rarities of this board is the beautiful cloth inlay. Flower power had definitely hit the Bilbo factory.
Although fabric was quite common in their popouts, they didnt use it much in the custom boards. I guess it depended on the customers taste or imagination. the dims are 10'6 x 23 x 3 .Thanks to Paul for the photos.

 This CJ model was on ebay last week. At 7'3 is quite far along the develpoments of the late 60s and must be made around 1969/70 . The seller put its date as ' looks like it was made in the late 70s / early 80s but could be as early as 1965 ' - so keeping all options open then .
This board looks good fun although the fin had been refoiled and is quite far forward so might be a bit slippy.

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