I'm visiting London this week. Jet lagged and unable to sleep, I turned on the TV at 2.30am in time to catch a facinating documentry called "Endless Winter- A very British surf movie". I was intriged to learn that the first British surfboard makers were part of a funeral home who made coffins and caskets.
|The Endless Winter
I do (for some reason?!) have a facination for 70's and 80's surfboards and the documentary prompted me to write about my own pice of Brishish surfing heritage.
|Early 80's British pros with their beautiful Vitamin Sea's
Edward George William Oscar Coventry, Viscount Deerhurst was the 12th Earl of Coventry.
He was better know as Ted Deerhurst or 'Lord Ted'.
I found this interesting, although not pretty, example of what I believe to be his handy work in Los Angeles, a 6'2" single fly rounded pin tail thruster. My understanding is it was shaped in Australia, on the Gold Coast around Burleigh Heads. Judging by the shape, design and Quiksilver laminate I estimate the board to from 1983. The board has a super light glass job, and is signed 'White Horse' which leads me to think that this could have been one of Ted's own competition boards, although I have no record of him being sponsored by Quiksilver. The board itself is interesting, because of its long pointy nose (that doesn't read well in the photographs) that seems to have been heavily influenced by Geoff McCoys no nose Lazor Zap designs of the time.