Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Cornish and Open, Porthtowan 1967
Here's a priceless bit of film shot by Pathe in 1967 , of a contest at Porthtowan so its likely to be the Cornish and Open, which was the biggest meet of the Cornish calendar. The first Cornish and Open was in 1966 , when local surfers were stunned by the skills of the newly arrived Rod Sumpter and his friend Glen Short. Rod can be seen quite a lot in this film - he was a white band at the bottom of his shorts . The other surfers are likely mostly to be from St Ives and Newquay - the Williams brothers, Dave Friar, Roger Mansfield, Chris Jones etc ? The boards are looking good, nice lightweight mals made by Bilbo , Williams or Bickers. Theres definately a Bilbo being taken along the beach at the beginning of the footage. And the gun was obviously more readily available than an air horn !