We buy interesting old boards 60s/70s/early 80s in good condition. Email firstname.lastname@example.org . Also wanted - Surfing UK , British Surfer and Surf Insight magazines . Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive
Hot Generation boards are a pretty rare sight today. They were shaped by Ian Thompson , at a factory at the Old Airfield, St Merryn near Padstow (site of Jolly Good surfboards and Fluid Juice surfboards amongst others) and this bat-tail twin fin dates to around 1981. Before starting Hot Generation, Ian worked for G&S . The shape of this harks back to the Mark Richards twin fin , the design then tweaked by G&S head shaper Robin Prodanovich , which inspired Ian when he worked there to bring out his own shapes . This board is a great shape for UK waves , 6ft x a wide 21 1/2 , will keep speed over less perfect sections of waves . The fins are G&S star fins , with UK fins made by Pete Crab in South Wales. Amazingly enough Alex Williams took some photos of this board when it was brand new - see below . Alex was friends with Ian and did some photo shoots for Hot Generation publicity.
Shots of this board when it was brand new circa 1981 ! Thanks to Alex Williams for digging out his old photos !
Gleaming brand new twin fins , Ian is on the right I think. The mags are from 1981.
On the fins is written Pete Crab star systems . I reckon these were the original fins for the board, so UK made not US imports.
Hot Generation publicity shots, very early 80s , photos by Alex. Beautiful shapes and sprays.