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, 17 July 2015

Wave Graffitti 6'1 thruster for Carwyn Williams 1994

Its not often Im compelled to buy 1990s shortboards, but this is one I remember vividly from that time, mainly from the cover of Carve no2 ( which I still have in my small stash of mags from the early 90s) and from that classic Wave Graffitti ad with them holding the boards up in a circle, photo'd by Alex Williams. It was made for Carwyn Williams by Chris Beynon at Wave Graffitti in Swansea in 1994, part of a quiver of three with matching colours and graphics . Two were longer travel boards for Carwyn to use in France and the Canaries ; this one is 6'1 x 17 1/2 ,a more regular board but still for decent sucky waves in the 3-6 ft range so great for his favourite French breaks like Hossegor and Seignosse.
Being Carwyn's board , it got a lot of coverage in the mags in 1994 in photos and sponsors ads, and there are some great photos from that era taken by Alex Williams in Lanzarote and Hossegor.
What is amazing is the condition and originality of the board - it looks exactly the same as in the Wave Graffitti ads 20 years ago - same stickers, same deck grip - customised by Carwyn with lots of squares cut out. The last owner bought the board 2nd hand in the mid-late 90s from John Conway in Newquay , used it for a couple of years and then put it in the attic for 15 years.
 Carve magazine no2, 1994 , cover shot by Alex Williams of Carwyn in Lanzarote.

Carwyn ,  Hossegor 1994, Wave Graffitti photo shoot. photo Alex Williams
 Carwyn, Lanzarote 1994. photo Alex Williams

 Wave Graffitti ad from Wavelength mag, 1994 . Shot by Alex Williams in Hossegor.
 From Wave Graffitti shoot, Gabe Davies on the right.

 Carwyn's van, France 1994. Shows the quiver of three Wave Graffitti's made for him by Chris Beynon; the 6'1 and two longer, bigger wave boards.

Wavelength gear guide '94 features the board

Above - Seignosse 1994 photo Alex Williams.  Below with the quiver in Carwyn's campervan.

Lanzarote, '94 All photos Alex Williams

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Creamed Honey singlefin - Kevin Cross personal board

 This Creamed Honey diamond tail was shaped by Kevin Cross around 1974/5 as a personal rider. Apparently he made four of these red dot boards for his own use , of which two still survive. The other one is owned by Pierre in France . Creamed Honey used to export some boards to France, so this is mabye how Kevin's board got there.
There is more about Creamed Honey's history written by Kevin Cross on the blog a few years back - click here
Above- the first style of Creamed Honey logo . The board is 6'8 x 20 , quite wide across the chest area and slims down alot to the narrow diamond tail. Quite soft rails , and a beautiful light green fibreglass  fin, quite an unusual colour . The majority of Creamed Honey's had plywood fins.

 Kevin reunited with the board , at Trebarwith in Cornwall. Photo Shaun Boundy.
Pierre with his red spot ,which has the later logo.
Guest shaper Richard Harvey in the Creamed Honey van

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Nigel Semmens and Steve Daniel surfing 1978

This is a great piece of film from the South West film and television archive , shot in 1978. It shows Nigel Semmens and Steve Daniel gearing up to go to South Africa for the world amateur surfing championships. They are surfing Ocean Magic boards and check out those cool British team wetsuits by Gul. See it here 

Friday, 3 July 2015

A few more surf meet photos

 A few more photos from the surf meet -
 Chris' Pontiac stationwagon
 Hot Generation bat tail and Infinity kneeboard
 board chat
 Tigger Newling and Ben Aipa (once owned by Nigel Semmens in the 70s)
 Neil Wernham seagull
 Shaun and his art boards
 Bill Bailey d fin
 Jay's clean Bilbos
 exhausting stuff
 Pyjama paisley cloth on a late 60s Tiki
 Henry's ute
 The youngest board collectors with the French boys
 Wernham surfing eyeball !
 Two from the Tris shop collection in Porthtowan

 Bill Bailey longboard, made in Newquay in 1964 .Skelly has traced the original owner 'Brian'

 Vintage surf meet posters over the years 2011-15 . Becoming a collection !
 Martin Geary very cool Outer Limits logo ,and some of Pete's Outer Limits below.

 boards and mats
Dave's boards