Vintage Surf meet 2019 coming soon !

Vintage Surf meet 2019 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

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

1940s UK surfing book

'You and your surfboard' was produced by the Bartlett brothers in 1946 and published in Padstow. The words are by Vernon and seem a bit dated now, from the era of 'jolly good chaps' etc. but its still a good read; the beautiful pen and ink illustrations are by his brother Maurice and really make it a great little book. I spotted it on ebay and snapped it up, there aren't many UK surfing books from this far back; 'The art of surf riding on the Cornish coast' by Ronald Funnell in 1934 is the only older one I know.
Vrenon suggests using the landlady's tea tray if you can't get your hands on a bellyboard, and also reports that rocker is overrated and a perfectly flat board is the way to go ! SAS would be proud about his chapter on preventing rubbish on the beach, but in those days it was egg-shell and orange peel, not condoms and syringes - how times change !

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