The Seventies

The only way home

I have been told a story about Paul Taylor, Dave Gray & Chris Salter once doing a trip to the west country. At the end of the trip and time to think about returning home they realised that they were all skint, totally penniless. The boys soon came to the conclusion that the only way to get home would be to try and raise some money some how. To get enough money to get home they were would have to sell something. They decided to draw straws and unfortunately for Dave Gray, he lost. Dave had to sell his wetsuit as a means of raising cash so they could get home.


1970’s IOW Surf Club Movie

Isle of Wight Surf Club movie made in the very early 1970’s by Annie Macpherson

Footage from Compton, Niton and Freshwater Bay starring Roger Cooper, Dave Salero, Roger Backhouse, Dougie Saunders, Sid Pitman, Keith Williams, Tony Macpherson, Pete Brown, Magic ‘Cosmic’ Surf, Dave Jacobs, Brian Hill and others.


Iow Surf Scene through the Seventies

Sidney Pitman

Were you surfing on the Island during the 1970’s? Tell us your stories and send us your images.


The History Wall

Stu Jones

Gallery of the images that were displayed on the ‘history wall’ at the opening wight surf history exhibition