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At the start of 2020 Matt Cooper and I started work on setting up the Ply Riders Surf Club -  a whole new platform to write and share stories and images about the history of surf riding on wood. It seemed to us that this hasn't  been done before - at least on one site. We were planning to launch in the Spring - and and then COVID happened ....Matt now needs to spend most of 24 hours a day on work at his own media company - LBBonline - which is even busier than usual.

We have decided to delay the launch of the site for the time being - but I am continuing to research and write stories about these wood boardsIt seems that the history of surfing from 1921-1962 has NEVER been fully told. These days it gets a page in most surf books, but we want to tell the whole story. When and where in the UK was the first wooden bodyboard used and by who? Who made the boards, who rode them, which boards were made where and where did the inspiration for the design come from - South Africa?, Hawaii, Australia - or the World War 1 trenches?  . Why did boards from Perranporth, Newquay and Polzeath differ? We think we are beginning to find out. We would LOVE  to hear from you if you have any information or photos to share.

Some of the club merchandise has recently been spotted on social media - and people have been asking where they can buy it...as I still have an online shop at The Original Surfboard Company - it seemed to be a good place to set up a temporary club store until the Ply Riders Surf Club site launches...

If you'd like us to contact you when membership to the club is open - please email me at