Newquay vintage surf meet coming soon ....

Newquay vintage surf meet coming soon ....
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 .
Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Freedom 1972 twin fin


Here's a lovely old twin fin, made by Freedom of Jersey , probably shaped by Honky Harewood . Its a Fun Machine ,which was Freedom's range of shorter, wider , fatter boards for playing around on in small to mid range surf ,and had either twin fin or single fin.
These early twin fins are very scarce and fall under the category of - boards I wouldn't be desperate to surf -but are very interesting and a must for a 70s collection. This one has lovely green tints with extra deck patch for strength , and classic early twin fins, skinny and very upright with original thick rovings. The board is an s deck , made to maximise float on these early small boards . Dimensions are 5'10 x 21 x 3 1/4 .
The twin fin design came from the US in 1971 , and was actually very short lived. The top surfers did rip on them and got into some radical never seen before positions on the wave - but to be honest the top surfers rip on just about any board design . The average surfer found them hard going, from the short length to the small fins and the tracking problem - where the board got stuck going in one direction and wasn't easy to turn. So by 1973 most surfers had left the 'fad' of the twin fin and gone to the new swallow tail single fins , or in some cases swallow tail twin keels.








All ads are from Surfer magazine 1971.




 This is a very nice Surfboards Great Britain twin fin from the same era, made by Tiki in north Devon ; owned by Dave. Tiki had a licence to shape these under the Bing label too . I've seen a few of the Bing ones, but this is the only SGB one Ive seen.


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