Supernova Surf Shop opens up new surf heritage centre
Supernova has opened it's doors to a new heritage centre in the heart of Newhaven on the south coast. There are a collection of vintage surfboards on display dating back to the early Sixties.
Craig Lindfield-Butler, South Coast board shaper and owner of of Supernova surf shop says, 'We have a selection of rare examples of early British designs including a board by one of the famous Williams brothers'
'Our beautifully restored Bing Maui Foil is the same design that Rolf Arness won the 1970 world championships on. Our "Freedom Board" shaped by Steve Harewood in around 1969/70 is one of the earliest British shortboards designed to be like the Eggs that Nat Young was riding in Australi'
'Also we have a nice example of a 1972 Circle One board shaped by Jeff Townsley and a beautiful Creamed Honey which was shaped by Kevin Cross. There are also several boards from the early Eighties, including some Ocean Magic boards shaped by Nigel Semmens who adapted the design for British waves'
Also on display is a Bickers board made by the great Fred Bickers, one of the early pioneers of Surfboard shaping in the UK. A Bickers surfboard was considered the finest surfboard of its day. Fred Bickers was a cabinet maker and true craftsman, and when he turned his hand to shaping surfboards, they were seen as the Rolls Royce of surfboards. There were very few Bickers boards made (around 200) and there are only approximately 20 of these beautiful boards that still survive.
Craig says, 'As the only Surfboard Heritage Centre outside of the West Country, we recommend that you come and take a look these rare glimpses into the British surfing culture'
For more details check out www.supernovasurfboards.com