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, 24 May 2013

More boards found in France

 Stephane from Biarritz must be either the luckiest or the most hard working board collector in France because he keeps finding lots of nice boards over there , and they are mainly made in the UK. Here are two most recent finds, sleek 70s shapes , beautiful boards which would have gunned along classic French waves.
Stephane has now found 20 vintage UK boards in France , and his UK collection has grown bigger than his French board collection.
 This is an early 70s Freedom from Jersey , signed 'Steve Harewood 212 cm '. Beautiful wood and white resin fin placed far back on the slim tail . Apparently this board was on display in the Freedom surf shop in Biarritz, and was sold on when the shop closed down in the mid 80s. Good find Stephane.

1971 Freedom ad
 This is another gunny shape, an early to mid 70s Tiki 7'11, with later leash plug. No signature but maybe by John Hall or Tim Heyland. Stephane got this 'cheap' from a guy in Brittany who was selling it on behalf of his neighbour, an Englishman who was returning to live in England.  Classic logo.
Stephane is planning to make it to the surf meet in Newquay, and will probably be the furthest travelled collector. At the last meet that title went to Damion from who was over from the US.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The surf meet this year will be on the sand at Fistral. This very apt photo is from Surfer mag Summer 1972 ,and shows what the Americans were riding. Some great looking shapes there..

On the beach at St Ives for the original 'surf meet' of 1965 (this last statement may be historically incorrect)
 If you want to come attired like this please feel free
Some of the original Newquay beach boys. Where are those boards now ?

Tuesday, 21 May 2013


 A look at the rare and interesting boards that have recently been and gone on ebay .Some of them went very quick - blink and you'd miss em.
 A seller in Cheshire had a couple of boards on including this rare Space Gypsy by Danny Garland which needed a bit of work but still made a hefty price. I think the seller was amazed at the interest.

 Nice Tiki singlefin with rare full deck airbrush of a barreling left and sunset sky.
 This Ted Deerhurst appeared last weekend and disappeared almost immediately - something which happens almost all the time on ebay when something decent comes up. One of the reasons ebay isn't as much fun as it used to be. This looks a really nice board, shaped by Ted and likely to have been surfed by him as it has his union jack lightning bolt logo. The seller says -' This board was given to me many years ago for my son who never used it as we live in London. Having done a little research it would appear to be a 1970’s or perhaps earlier, Ted Deerhurst lightning bolt, it also has the Deerhurst Lion motif.The board measures 206cm X 50cm at its widest point (81” X 20”).'

 Bit of a mystery this 'Freedom's Family'. Not a Freedom and with a Bilbo fin system.

 Classic fluoro 6'5 Tris by Martin Wright
 Yes one of those classic DS safaris turned up too. Auction ended early.

 Rare and lightweight Westcoast made in Woolacombe ,shaped by South African Clive Barber, it bears his personal logo and some Clark foam decals he brought over with him to make the British foam appear more 'professional'. Tony says about the board-' Its got a Clive Barber logo on it so probably shaped by him around July 1969.He was here from about June through to August, a pretty small window.
Fitz usually couldnt be bothered with thin and accurate pinlines so that would be Roger Lyndon's (NZ) work around the rails. The Clark foam logos are interesting too ,as we couldnt get Clark foam at the time, so the blanks were usually from Bilbo or a few from Groves. So like the Barber logo, the CF logos were brought across from South Africa.'

 This is one of the first ever Tikis, made at Abergevenny in Wales by Tim and Dave before their permanent move to Devon. A stringerless 8'6, the original fin had been knocked out but this is still an early gem.

Very clean Bruce Palmer 7ft singlefin  made at Croyde in the mid 70s. Another old surfboard stuck in London !

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Classic surf cars and vans at the Surf Meet 9th june

 To classic car and van owners - come and join the line up of classic surf vehicles of all shapes and sizes which will be parked along the front of the car park at Fistral, just above the vintage surf meet. Old cars and old boards go hand in hand so it would be great to build on the number of classics which already turn up at the meets.
The owners at Fistral have kindly said that people bringing boards to the meet or bringing a classic car can park for free , but you need to be down on their list so email your name and car reg. no. to to park free.

 I will be coming in this 1960 Ford Thames camper

Wednesday, 15 May 2013


These rare posters from showings in Penzance were on ebay a couple of weeks ago. There must be hundreds of Freeride posters out there , but how many from UK showings ? Not many.
This showing was from 1980 at John Adams' legendary venue the Winter Gardens
Seaflight shown at the Regent Hotel in 1981
The seller also had an original Skewjack instructor t
cool Charles Williams surf shop poster from the early 70s donated to the Surfing museum