I said BUOYS not boys

check out my good friends' surf shop in Yokohama Japan:
This is the place to buy the grasshoppers over there and also sweet one-of-a-kind TyWilliams designed Tees!

Bilbo by Chris Jones

Here's a very clean Bilbo shaped by CJ, sent in by Henry. Its from '67 or '68 in the transitional period, when Chris was putting out his CJ model, usually at around 8 ft. This one is more of a pintail than the cj models though. Its got an unusual two tone deck and I like it when Bilbo did the overlapped logo - simple idea but looks cool. The condition on this is pretty amazing really, virtually no sign of having been surfed. Check out the flatness of the deck at the nose.
Where it all started for Chris, Great Western in Newquay circa 1963. Rob Wilson, Roger Mansfield, Colin Christian and CJ. This is one board that Chris would love to see again.

Autumn Colors

Halloween today, tomorrow November.

Photo: Cameron T. Oden

Jake Zylstra

Jake styling on one of Nate's old boards, this week.

Photos: Dave Manning

Mike sent in these nice photos taken by British photographer Corinne Day, who famously took a lot of Kate Moss early on in her career. The photo above looks like an Aussie version of Chris Ryan's place. Any photographers out there who want to shoot models with vintage boards I'd be happy to help...

70s Tris twin keel fish

Sporting my favourite logo in British surfing is this great early 70s kneeboard fish by Tris Cokes. It was found recently by Myles for under a tenner ! Good karma on that day obviously. It was probably influenced by Steve Lis' fish designs from the late 60s onwards, which were originally for kneeboards but guys like Reno Abellira started standing up on them and it revolutionised surfing. Myles' is very much a kneeboard, 5'3 x 20 1/4 with very pronounced scoop deck, wide thick swallow tail and tons of volume at the nose. I picked it up and its still super light after all these years of use. Nice original twin keels, and it looks like a wrist leash was worn by the owner - there's a leash loop up by the nose. A great little board, rare to see an original British one.

Lis Fish from Hydrodynamica on Vimeo.

Air Compressor

Adios, dust.

Photo: OcciDENtal

New Matt Costa

Speaking of Matt Costa, here are some great photos Jimmy shot of Matt a couple months ago...

FreakFish EVO6 bonzer gets woody..

Ready for burn pen, stains and varnish before it heads north for some Scottish juice. Great work by Mark at Glass Tiger on the construction as always…

fins back

Photos by Hannah Norton :)

7' Drifter.

One of Perranporth's first boards

Mike Newman has sent in this pic from one of his endless roves around Cornwall on photo assignments. This old relic is in Perranporth and Mike learnt a bit about its history ...'According to Tom Tremewan, in the picture, it was known as ‘Chris and Bill’s board’, a finless, 12ft long, hollow wooden board, built in the late fifties by Bill Heath and Chris Thomson. They used to paddle it of course, but the more daring ones would stand up coming in at the end of a paddle. Certainly one of the first boards surfed at Perranporth. More info in this month's Cornwall Today 'Surf Spot' column.'Keep up the good work Mike, its my shout next time we have coffee

Adrian Knott x Korduroy

Check out this interview with Adrian Knott on Korduroy TV.

Nugget inspired bonzer… ready for finishing

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6’2 x 20” x 2 7/8” vortex bottom with rolled V… designed for barrels, to be ridden as a single fin or as a bonzer (FCS B5s). This board was inspired by my Geoff McCoy Nugget which has delivered me into the best barrels of my life. Thought it was about time I applied some of his theories to a board of my own, with a few twists and turns based on my own ideas. Also need a name for this model – and have yet to find an inspired name… any suggestions?

Olo of the Sun, sanding and marking for the second frame panel

Now the Olo of the Sun  is levelled with a long sanding board run athwartships, to take any humps and bumps out of the frames prior to laminating the next frame panel on to the structure.

This technique can also be used to add concave or convex areas to the bottom shape, by using a concave or convex sanding board. The sanding board in this case is 6" by 1" poplar with a very slight convex shape, this will make a very subtle concave. 

Vacuuming out the dust. . .

Marking the places where the frames meet, so that we know where to apply the epoxy glue

There are 38 frames altogether