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, 26 October 2010

Conway bolt

Nice looking shape from John Conway, probably mid 70s from the Gul collection. John was a surfer who travelled widely, and often shaped in order to get the funds to travel. He was also influenced as a shaper by images in US mags like Surfer and apparently even sometimes traced board outlines from them. The lightning bolt on his boards of this era must have been influenced by the all poweful Bolt image in Hawaii at the time, and probably made the boards easier to sell. Everyone wanted to look like Gerry Lopez. I don't know if Bolt had any issues with John using their logo .... ; they let Ted Deerhurst use the bolt logo on his shapes back here , and as for the Phil Jay easy rider...not exactly something Lopez would ride at pipe.
Thanks to Alex for the photos

early 70s

Lord Ted with one of his British bolts, early 80s

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