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

Friday, 27 November 2015

1970s Tris bellyboard

 This is a very rare Tris bellyboard which Ryan brought to the surf meet in September. Its so rare I think Tris only made two, a custom order for a pair of brothers in the mid 70s. I don't think the whereabouts of the other one is known. Its a beautiful little board and looks fun in the right waves. Lots of volume up front and slightly scooped out deck . Unusual that it has a quite thick wooden fin but I guess they wanted to put something robust on there. The board is in great condition, still nice an light, and has been hanging up in a Cornish cafe for years !

Ryan with the board at the September surf meet

A nice pair at the Tris shop , artwork and photo by Neil Wernham
Above - Johnny Manetta ,  below a rack of rare airbrushed Tris from way back in the 70s. Unusual Tris logo on them. Neil's artwork was out there - very creative and technically brilliant.

Another 70s UK boardmaker known for great artwork was Tigger Newling's Jolly Good label , with artwork by Nancy Dinmore, glassed by Tris. Above is a Jolly Good . These are super rare today though.
 This gorgeous Tris fish turned up on ebay a couple of months ago. Unbelievable condition, made around 1974 and 6ft long . Nice rainbow fin too which has featured on a few Tris of this era.


  1. I do love that board! Great write up!
    I wish now that id bid on the other tris!
    Would love to know where the matching belly board is!

  2. It's amazing what rarities you can find in such unlikely places. can't believe a board like this was hanging on the wall of a cafe.!