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At the start of 2020 Matt Cooper and I started 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.

Our plan was to launch the site in the Spring but when COVID happened Matt needed to spend more time at his own media company - LBBonline - https://www.lbbonline.com/?edition=international so we decided to delay launching the site. 

In the meantime I have set up a Ply Club store on this site and am continuing to gather information and images about the wood boards and their amazing heritage.  I started to research the history of this type of surf riding back in 2007 when there was hardly any information at all online. What I did find then was mostly hidden away on Railway enthusiasts sites that revealed stunning artwork of surf riding images promoting the GWR and Southern Railway routes of the 1920s and 30s. I am still surprised at but we have It 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