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

Friday 30 March 2012

board for sale

Sold.7 ft 4 triple stringer Pure Juice (Phil Jay) singlefin for sale, mid 70s. Tel: Andrew 01803 524117 Paignton UK.

Some sweet old boards fron Hydrodynamica's Remember the future exhibition earlier this year in San Diego; celebrating Bob Simmons hulls and related surfboards.

Saturday 24 March 2012

'67 Euros and Bill Wallace

Thanks to Phil Warry of Guernsey for sending in this classic photo of Jersey hosting the European surfing championships in 1967 .Thousands of people packed St Ouens Bay to watch the event with a Guernsey team attending the Europeans with Bob Warry (Blade surfboards) placing 2nd right up to the semi finals alongside the likes of Rod Sumpter who went on to win.
Phil and Bob have had a go at naming the faces :
Left to Right
Barry Johnson (Gsy), French Team (?), Richard Browning (Gsy) French Team (?), Jean Pierre Lartigue (? fra), Arnaud de Rosnay (?), French Team (?), Bob Warry (Gsy wearing No1 vest), Roger Mansfield (UK), Chris Jones (UK), Unknown, Rod Sumpter, Unknown, Steve Harewood (Jsy. Freedom Surfboard's), Unknown, Barry Jenkins (Jsy ?), Unknown
It would be good to fill in the blank names.

Some great old boards too.Under the G of Gold is Bob Warry holding a Bilbo. Under the F of Leaf is a confident looking Chris Jones holding a multi logo'd Bilbo team board. Other stand out boards are the Bickers with the three stripes ( held by Sumpter ?) which Brian Schofield is holding when it was brand new in the photo below; and an Australian Wallace longboard which must have been rare on these shores back then.

On the subject of Wallace I had an email from Mark, who's not a surfer but he moved into his new house in Yorkshire and discovered this board left in the attic ! I wish that happened to me more often. It has lots of storage scuffs and scratches but looks surfed little and was around Newquay in 1973 and probably earlier, a similar age to the Wallace in the Euros photo. It was made in around 1966 at the Wallace factory at Brookvale, Sydney; Wallace was a major manufacturer, making boards from 1955 to 1974. He was one of the Brookvale five - makers with national sales and reputation in Australia in the years '62 to '72. Boards like this came over to the UK two ways - either a travelling UK surfer brought it back, or more likely an Aussie came over with it and made a profit by selling it here or got skint and had to part with it.

The fin is very similar to Bilbo fins of '66/'67.

July 1966 Sydney surf industry representatives donate surfboards to Australian servicemen in South Vietnam - think Apocalyse now ! Bill Wallace is holding one of his boards.

Wednesday 21 March 2012

new paintings

If you've been wondering why I haven't done many blog posts in the last month there is a good reason. Its the usual story every time I come up to a deadline - having a mad rush to get paintings done in time ; so surfing and blogging have had to suffer. Think I'm due a holiday soon.
The show is entitled 'Cornwall and London from the air' ,a two man show with Neil Pinkett. At Cornwall Contemporary gallery in Penzance from 6 April, and in London from 3rd July. or more on my painting blog .

HMS Belfast 45x45 cm
St Agnes lighthouse, Scilly 100x100 cm
Newquay (bay area) 56x71 cm
Low tide, Hayle chalets 55x55 cm
Above the mount 30x30 cm

Saturday 17 March 2012

more of Jons boards part2

As you can see Jon's got loads of boards, and this is the second half of his collection, mainly 70s UK boards. This one seems to be a Wavekraft by Nigel Woodcock, early 80s singlefin.

Very clean twin fin by Tiki head shaper John Hall, a great shape from around '79/ 80. It uses the original 60s Tiki lettering in the logo.

Late 60s acid trip Tiki , a rare transitional 8 footer probably 1968. Stringerless Castle foam blank , Tiki's own product. Its shaped by Mervyn Beard, who later started Chapter surfboards. Tiki splat logo - a classic.

Another Tiki, a gunny shape from the mid 70s probably by Tim Heyland or John Hall. May have been a travel board.

Unusual stripes board, mid 70s no make.

Classic early 80s Local Motion which came over from South Africa.

Late 70s Freedom
Aussie Emerald board early 80s thruster
Dragon board mid 70s ,no make

Late 70s Circle One by Jeff Townsley

Unusual early 70s singlefin with back to front graphic saying ' Rolow foam , Bude Cornwall' which I have never seen before. No other logo but its an interesting looking board.