We buy interesting old boards 60s/70s/early 80s in good condition. Email alasdairlindsay75@gmail.com . Also wanted - Surfing UK , British Surfer and Surf Insight magazines .
Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Arlene Maltman

This Surf scene from 1984 is the first Britsh mag to feature a female surfer on the cover. The surfer is Jersey's Arlene Maltman, British champ in 1984, although this mag says Arlene is also Europes leading lady. Arlene got a good sponsership deal from British Airways, and was part of a surge of British female talent in the 80s. She still surfs and competes today.
Heres an article from Surfers journal about a guy who found one of Arlene's boards at a dump in the US, and eventually traced her to learn its history .

Arlene, mid 80s


  1. Mark who wrote the article emailed me to say that he has presented the board back to Arlene, and it may be heading for the museum of British surfing, a good end to the story.

  2. Arlene Maltman7 June 2010 at 09:28

    Hi Alasdair

    Thanks for the post. The board is now in Cabo San Lucas at my Dad's house. I am hoping to pick it up one of these days and have a surf on it then bring it home to the museum. Follow me on Facebook and I will also let you know how it all goes! Hopefully British Airways will bring it back! Arlene

  3. Hi Arlene,
    good to hear from you, hope you have a good surf on it after all those years; must be one of the only boards to be sponsered by BA so they should bring it back for free ! Met an old friend of yours in Fuerte, can't remember his first name but his surname is Doak and he says you used to work for him.