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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Piran singlefin by Mac

Here's a beautiful mid 70s Piran shaped by Alan Macbride. Mac is a respected Newquay shaper with a long career mowing foam and has actually now retired from shaping full time. He started out with Bilbo in the late 60s, hanging out with contemporaries Chris Jones and Roger Mansfield. In the mid 70s he shaped for Piran at Perranporth,as did Martin Geary , and in the early 80s Newquay label Hott surfboards. In the mid 90s onwards he made Tunnel Vision boards in Newquay, and I remember having two t v thrusters in the late 90s. So its good to see what he was doing in the 70s.
Its a quality piece of work, 6'5x 20 x 2 3/4 ,with delicate pintail and down turned rails. Really nice artwork on the deck, and lots of nice details on the underside. It has a leash loop rather than a plug so I guess that puts it to mid 70s not later. Mac had honed his skills at Bilbo and the quality of finish really shows in this board; look forward to surfing it.



































from Atlantic Surfer 1979






Mac with Vince Ward, Newquay 1969









Mac at Watergate for the English champs 1969. He won the paddleboard race. From British Surfer.










4 comments:

  1. very nice and a lucky score !

    so I was looking at the "bay" a few weeks back, and saw this great board described as a "Siran". Should I / shouldn't I was going thru my mind, decision made a resounding yes, to good to miss out on, fair price, so just about to hit the buy it now button.....but then got distracted by my dog misbehaving, came back a little while later and some lucky sod had beat me by 10 minutes, lol, now I see it has a well deserving new and proud owner ! (not sure i have forgiven the dog yet!)

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  2. hi bluey, its a small world ! Yes I thought it was too good to miss, had to negociate my way out of buying the pop out mal that came with it. Funny that the owner of it for 20 years called it a siran. But its a beauty. I usually get put off my bidding by misbehaving 3 year olds !

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  3. I have just aquired a surfboard on a car boot I bought it for its beauty it is a mac and seems to be signed it has a beautiful pattern looks like a ray swimming forward in orange and yellow would love to know how old and its origins

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  4. I have just aquired a surfboard on a car boot I bought it for its beauty it is a mac and seems to be signed it has a beautiful pattern looks like a ray swimming forward in orange and yellow would love to know how old and its origins

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