Monday, May 26, 2014



I started "surfing" with these plankies at La Chambre d'Amour back in the 60s and early 70s, it was such a great pleasure and so easy to ride and have sensations on these wooden boards. Unfortunately they almost disappeared. Plankies came to be produced commercially by Jacques (Jacky) Rott, who would become a partner in Barland-Rott Surfboards and Sosthène Larcebeau, a retired French Railways carpenter from Bayonne, France. These boards were reported to be molded plywood (90 cm long and 40 cm wide, or 35 x 16 inches). (Source: Barland Surfboards) Thanks to Guilhem Rainfray for his info and to my friend Mr Jacky Rott for his talent. Pictures source : Guilhem Rainfray, Philip Zibin, Daniel Creignou, Hervé Manificat, the FreeWave website and Antony 'Yep' Colas.
See also Bellyboards

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

merci pour ce souvenir de ma 1ère planche...mais 57 ans après, le surf n'a pas changé malgré tout !