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

Wednesday 28 November 2012

Boards for sale

LaLa rare jet fin quad , early - mid 80s, made in Australia/ USA ? £150 . Its in Braunton, north devon, email

NOW SOLDAnd another 80s rarity, a Crab Island quad shaped by Craig Hughes to a Glen Winton design. You don't see Crab Islands for sale much, hence the price, email

''Lovely example of a mid/late 1980's thruster. Great condition considering it's age.
White deck and underside with fluro multi coloured rails.
Rounded tail with glass on fluro green fins, in great condition.
Rob Erskine is a part of the British surf scene and still surfs...placed 2nd in the 2000 British Masters! Working under his Rebound brand he shaped and taught surfing to a whole heap of people.
Size : 6'2 | 19 1/4
Usual pressure dings on the deck and a few pressure dings on underside as shown in the photos .Nothing bad though and amazing considering the age!
Forced sale as don't have space for the rest of the boards in my collection.
Pick up from Truro, Cornwall or I will pack if you organise a courier "
Asking price £110, email

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Tuesday 27 November 2012

storm surf Newlyn

Newlyn harbour wall anyone ?? Dry hair paddle out guarranteed
Newlyn harbour wall on an otherwise 'big' day in the 70s with Mark Mayers.

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Roberts d fin longboard

This beautiful Roberts d-fin was also owned from new by Tom's uncle (see Hobie for sale blogpost from a couple of weeks ago ) . Tom's uncle was a successful businessman, travelling over to the US for work trips- and apparently buying surfboards too !
"The first board was bought in Santa Monica from Roberts who was one of the best local board makers in Los Angeles. It was custom built to what he thought might accommodate my disabilities! I saw it in various stages of construction and I do believe it's well built. I think it was in summer 1959.

I spent some time in the early 60's in Hawaii and sought out Hobie Alter's workshop. He was building boards for the bigger Hawaiian surf. I got carried away a bit by ambition and bought one he was making.

Tom, Both Jane and I used to use them down in Cornwall and they performed beautifully.The blue one has also tried the surf south of Biarritz and off the coast of Portugal. “

 The two boards have been hung up in his uncles' garage at his house near Bristol since the 70s, and are in near mint condition. The Roberts looks almost as good as new, with white foam, very wide balsa stringer and stunning blue tint. The dark blue on the rails isnt original. Beautiful d-fin too with minimal wear. I didn't know Roberts, and it turns out they were a small but important company turning out quality boards with shaper Bob Millner I think .This must have been a hell of a board in 1959/1960.
Lucky Tom had been given both boards by his uncle, and since he's not a surfer he wanted to sell them and buy a guitar. I tried to buy the Roberts as although its not British its a stunner, but my offer was bettered by a chap called Stuart Matthews (well known bore rider ) who bought both boards.The Roberts went for £600.

This is how the boards sat in storage, unsurfed, covered in dust, but well ventilated and kept out of sunlight. Hence their great condition now.

The boards emerge from the garage for the first time in decades

new owner Stuart Matthews and Tom

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Monday 19 November 2012

Tris twin fin

Really nice Tris twin fin from around 1980. Even though its an 80s board it still has a classic 70s spray with lots of pinlining, and the full nose and plan shape , unlike the narrow nose designs of the early 80s. Single flyer into wide swallow tail with G&S star fins. A very surfable classic by one of our favourite old surf companies. Its got less volume than most boards of this era, and is pretty much wafer thin at the tail - so quite a progressive and manouverable board for the time. It could have been shaped by Chops, who always put the logo on its side, but usually had a personal decal on the board too; so mabye Tris shaped it ? 6ft1 x 20 1/2 x 2 1/2.

Beautiful combination of spraywork and pinlining, signs of quality.
 I got the board from Alec, who had it for years and is emigrating to Australia and couldnt take it with him. When I got it it had this peculiar deck grip on, which I removed to get back to the original board.
 1977 artwork by Neil Wernham
Heres one of the ultimate collectable Tris singlefins, with artwork by New Zealander Neil Wernham, who worked at the factory for a few years in the mid 70s. This one features the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, puffing away at a bit of homegrown ? The caterpillar went into the later version of the Tris logo by Keith Flack. Neil Wernham now lives in Raglan ,New Zealand and has a lot of good memories of his time in Cornwall. He is still a big part of the surf scene there and his son is semi pro.


Wednesday 14 November 2012

sunset surf

 Some nice sun and surf down at the local tonight. Felt like a summers evening, with people splashing in the shallows without wetsuits on ; doesn't feel like decembers just round the corner ! I wish I'd had the choice to go in on a higher tide rather than get drilled by the low tide dumpers this morning.

 Surfer on the first wave demonstrates a classic poo stance while the kids frolic in the shorey
Not your average november day

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Revolver Xmas surf jumble !

1st of December at Revolver in Newquay . Surf and other related stuff, vintage and modern, come and have a browse or do a stall . Cake stall welcome and lacking so far. Enquiries to Gee or John at . Sounds like a good place to get xmas pressies for your friends and treat yourself !

Cornish board evolution

I've been getting together some of my Cornish boards for a possible project down here next year and have been trying to date them a bit more accurately. This evolution chart above helps alot, and its Australian so the changes and dates here in Cornwall were about 6 months behind. All these shapes above were made in Cornwall in the 60s thro 80s , with the real rarities being d fin mals, v bottoms, early 70s twin fins and bonzers.
Dates below - give or take a year..
 Space Gypsy 1977, Tris 1980, Graham Nile 1973, Aquatek 1983

 Haven 1977, Ocean Magic 1981, Tris 1974, Wavekraft 1984

 Vitamin Sea 1981, Piran 1977, Jolly Good 1976, Tris 1979

 Martin Richards 1968, Bickers 1965, Bilbo 1966, Stuart 1968