Tris by Hillsey

A nice Tris pintail singlefin from around 1980 - quite late on for this type of shape. But Hillsey - Mark Hills made a point of shaping any type of board for British waves, not just the fashionable shape of the time. This board was apparently made for/ owned by filmaker John Adams of Penzance - I'll have to ask John if this is right. Its 6'9 x 20 x 2 3/4, may have been shaped for Porthleven. Hillsey first tasted surfing on summer holidays to the Witterings.Then when his parents moved to Los Angeles in '69 he grew up riding Malibu, Santa Cruz and Rincon. A few years later he returned to the UK and scoped out Cornwall and its surf scene. But he went in search of work to Western Oz, and worked at board makers Blaxells and Morning Mist, getting experience of making boards. When he returned to Cornwall in 1980 he found that Tris' half of Tris surfboards was up for grabs and bought in. The other half was owned by Hillsey's friend Johnny Maneta. What Hillsey is doing today I know not, but its a nice board and I took it over to the Canaries recently and it surfed well.
1982, surf scene
Hillsey at porthleven, photo by Alex