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

Saturday, 9 October 2010

fresh from the skip part 2

Here's another board I recently picked up which was on the way out - the way out being the tip, where it would have sat rotting underground for the next few hundred years ! On a happier note its now having light restoration to get it back to seaworthiness. Its a 5'10 Rockit singlefin made in Newquay around 1981 ish by Phil Clifford. I love this little board - hate to use the word quirky but it is. Squat, floaty, fat in the middle and squeezed either end - with a double stinger or hips at the tail - Phil calls it a swing tail. Reminds me of some of the OMs of the time, but the Rockit is rooted in the 70s too, with a singlefin and even a leash loop rather than a plug. Cool spray and logo definitely more 80s though. When I got it there were some small dings which were covered in copious amounts of the bodgers classic fix - red fibreglass. Luckily they weren't keyed in and just chipped off to reveal a tidy board , same with the tail ends and nose. Dimensions are 5'10 x 20 5/8 x 2 5/8.
Phil was one of the early 70s crew at Boscombe pier and Kimmeridge, and enjoyed J bay in the 70s. He worked at Vitamin Sea, then started making his Rockit boards in the early 80s and now works with Nigel Semmens . He still makes some Rockits today.

Phil today


  1. hi, i have really enjoyed reading through your blog , it has brought back loads of memories that i had forgotten about , i still have a gorden jackson shaped freedom from 1989 ,i used it for about 16 years non stop ,well made boards ,probabally the best at the time, there used to be a green resin tinted graham nile single fin above the bar in polkyth leisure centre and i remember seeing graham getting a deep tube at one of the local st austell beaches after he had his heart attack , he would only stay in the water for a hour or so but he was a good stylish surfer to watch, keep up the good work

  2. hi Pete, thanks for the comments mate glad you're enjoying the blog. Look after that Gordon Jackson. There's a couple of nice ones by him on the blog you should look at -go back a couple of months