Rare 1950's belly-boarding book reprinted in time for world championships in St Agnes
Those in training for this year's World Bellyboard Championships at St Agnes can now turn to a rare 1950s guide for some last minute tips.
"Surf Riding made easy" is a 16 page instruction booklet which has been republished by The Original Surfboard Company.
From the 1920s to the early 1970s what we now know as body-boarding was called surfing or surf riding and was carried out on thin wooden boards usually four feet long by one foot wide.
Yet the invention of foam boards in the 1970s made the traditional wooden board obsolete.
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Founder of The Original Surfboard Company, Sally Parkin, has been producing and selling the traditional surf riding boards since 2008.
Mrs Parkin was amazed to discover the fifty year old "Surf Riding made easy" book online.
Mrs Parkin said: "I haven't been able to find any reference to it by other surf historians which leads me to believe this is the rarest surf riding book of all.
"For me however the most special aspect of this book is that while the language and illustrations evoke a charming bygone era, the advice it gives is excellent and still just as useful today as it was fifty years ago."
To give a vintage feel to the book, the first 100 copies of "Surf Riding made easy" have been printed on straw paper and are individually numbered.
The book will be available in the The Original Surfboard Company memorabilia tent at the St Agnes World Bellyboard Championships at Chapel Porth on Sunday September 8.