Thursday, 20 August 2015
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Well the story goes that in 1978 Philip O'Loughlin, an Australian living in Lacanau-Ocean ordered a batch of boards from Tris surfboards (at that time Johnny Manetta and Chops Lascalles were heading Tris as Tris Cokes had sold up his share) . Philip owned Lacanau's first surf shop Lacanau Lou, which had ran from approx 1973 I think. UK boards had a very good reputation in France.
Philip wanted around 70-80 boards and arranged for the Tris guys to come down and shape at Lacanau, supplying all the materials and equipment in a factory converted from an abbatoir nicknamed 'The Ranch' . Chops and Johnny shaped, and Teep sanded, finished and made fins . Chops, although a great surfer , had not got a lot of shaping under his belt at this point, but these French boards were a good opportunity to improve his skills under the watchful eye of Johnny.
Jean Pierre has also written abou Quo Vadis on his French surf blog - http://surffrancecollection.blogspot.fr/
''The surfboards looked absolutely stunning in the new showroom in Lacanau-Ocean .It was very French, very avant garde ;all polished glass and steel, with rows of the beautiful Quo Vadis surfboards. I was quite proud of that trip'' From 'Looking for something to find'' by Johnny Manetta, which makes a good read with lots of great Cornish surf history.