Betty Tricket

When Archie built his Wooden Surfboard it wasn’t just for him to ride but something the whole family would enjoy. So it wasn’t long before Betty was also paddling the great big heavy board down at Compton. Archie and Betty used to come to the beach on their motorbike and sidecar parking half way up the hill and walking down over the cliff just past the wreck.

Betty on their motorcycle at Compton during the 1950's

 

Archie knew to stay in the water for any length of time they would need wetsuits and so found he could order all the material needed to make their wetsuits from a company near Portsmouth. The kit came with everything you needed, the wetsuit rubber material, zip, the eyelets and hooks and the very strong glue. Betty still remembers Archie measuring her up for her wetsuit which she still has today.

Betty's Wetsuit

 

Betty also still has the second wetsuit that Archie made for himself and remembers that this kit also came with a pattern and the wetsuit rubber was also lined which made it easier to get on and off and more comfortable.

Archie's 2nd Wetsuit

 

With the left over bit of material Archie made a little wetsuit for his daughter Sarah. Sarah remebers the trips to the beach with the big wooden surfboard above her head on the sidecar.

Betty & Sarah with wetsuits and surfboard

Betty & Sarah with wetsuits and surfboard

 

Here is a great picture of Betty wearing her old wetsuit and sitting on their surfboard in the sea at Compton.

Betty sat on their surfboard wearing her original wetsuit at Compton

 

One Response to “Betty Tricket”

  1. Peter says:

    Ahh… I remember wet suits like that – I was about 14, living in Weston-Super-Mare. Home-made pattern, no lining, talc inside so you could could get it on dry, and dish-soap when it was wet – first wipe-out you came up frothy!!

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