Perranporth, Cornwall – Guide book 1966

Here we have a lovely guide with a cracking cover – featuring a broad with a board!! It’s a lovely book in beautiful condition, due mainly to the fact (I suspect) that it’s a ‘voucher copy.’ This normally means that it was sent to an ad agency to prove that a paid for ad had been inserted inside. I only know this as I work in the business and used to get tonnage of them back when I first started in despatch (they weighed a tonne bagged up).

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These guides are quite often hard to date, but this one has the tide tables clearly marked as 1966. SUPER interestingly it also has an advert for W. A . Heath & Son Ltd that was selling boards at the time. This is, as many of you other readers/nerds will know, the famed hardware store that in the early 70s (I believe) became Piran Surf and is steeped in surf/belly legend (more on that later).

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The guide includes some terrific imagery and (above) mentions renting boards or bringing one’s own ‘gaily-decorated’ boards. A lovely guide that takes you back to simpler times and reminds you of all the things you had forgotten (and miss!).

I have lots of these old guides with surf-related stuff and will put all the best ones on the site.

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