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

Monday 4 April 2016

Martin Geary transitionals late 60s

Here are a great pair of transitional boards by Martin Geary . The red railed one is 7'6 x 20 and the other one is 7'10 x 22 1/2 , both date from around 1968. Judging by the fins and shape, the red one was made a bit later.
Martin Richard surfboards was Martin Geary's first label, based in Newquay and producing from '67 - 69 or 70. For some reason Martin Richard shut down then, or mabye he just went off travelling . He then worked for Bilbo for a couple of years, and in the 70s shaped for his Outer Limits label and also Piran surfboards Perranporth.
The red board is based on Keith Paull's Bing foil from 1968. Keith (the Australian champion back then) came over to Cornwall in 1968, and surfed around Newquay and Porthtowan , where the locals took measurements of his board and started producing copies. This is one of them , pretty slim for the time and with the fin set quite far forward as with Paull's board.
The other board is more 'British' - wider, longer and more forgiving, an easier board to ride in all conditions. It is a great shape, not a lot of thickness to it, super flat deck and slightly hully bottom. Both boards have Bilbo fins , their first generations of box fin. The white one is a flexy in nylon plastic. The board is stringerless , and has a deck patch of extra cloth quite high up which I presume was for knee paddling.

 Above 1969, British surfer , below 1972 Surf Insight

Martin at the Newquay surf meet