Thursday, 23 July 2009

the skelton

He'll probably hate me for posting this but......
Skelly, a true local underground legend, surfs better than you, rips on everything from a vintage 60's bilbo to a modern thruster, has one of the largest collections of vintage boards in the country, learnt to play the concertina (really well) for a bet, ex world bellyboard champion, Gulfstream shop manager, spear fisherman, true friend and someone I respect a huge amount. His name would have been all over the mags if he was interested in the recognition but he prefers a simple life with as much water time as possible.
The pic is from midtide, midmorning Saunton, the board is a 5'8 twin keel, shaped by Rich Pavel in exchange for a fish and chip supper when he visited here a couple of years ago. Legend has it that this board and it's 5'4 successor are virtually the only boards Rich has completely handshaped in recent years. Either way they both fly under his feet.

2 comments:

Russ Pierre said...

I agree, legend!

Greased Weasel said...

Nice pic CP!

Spotted Skel heading out to the point when I was on the way to work yesterday...

There was no-one out, I'm sure he enjoyed himself.

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