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Museum of British Surfing hands off prized longboard



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9′ 4″ board created in volan, with coloured fabric & resin panels

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 January, 2015 - It could hardly be a better start to 2015 for Joanne Bennett from Cornwall, who travelled up to the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton to collect the £1,000 longboard that she won as first prize in the charity’s first-ever annual surf heritage raffle!

Joanne runs Slynk Wetsuits and is a keen longboarder, so the one-off handmade Miller Surfboards log is going to a good home. Shaper Ellie Miller from Saunton generously donated the board, with materials kindly donated by Homeblown, Seabase and Classic Surf Supplies.

The 9′ 4″ board was created in volan, with coloured fabric and resin panels in Museum of British Surfing colours and featuring the museum logo on the bottom.  “I’m stoked!” said winner Joanne, “I never win anything and to scoop a prize like this is just amazing. I have admired Ellie’s work from afar so it was great to meet her and chat about the design – I can’t wait to ride it.”

Shaper Ellie said: “I’m really proud to have been able to support the Museum of British Surfing in this way – everyone should get behind this little charity that has made such a big impact on UK surfing culture and heritage. I couldn’t be more pleased that Joanne won this lovely board, I’m sure she’ll have some great slides on it!”

In an amazing act of generosity the second prize winner Matt Bailey from Didcot in Oxfordshire handed back the 1967 Tiki surfboard that he won to the museum. “We’re really grateful to Matthew, it is an incredible gesture of support. This is a rare surfboard and among the first Tim Heyland made when he started up Tiki in Abergavenny,” said Peter. “We will now auction the board to raise even more money which will help the museum develop over the coming year.”

The raffle raised more than £1,600 for the surfing museum charity, to support its work in UK surf heritage. The museum team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who bought tickets and to the prize supporters who donated an epic line-up of prizes. A full list of prizewinners can be seen on the museum’s website

Peter Robinson

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