This great book by Reg Goddard is a must for anybody interested in Pembrokeshire’s surf culture.
Chapter 1 – The Early Years
It feels strange looking back after all these years on how the surfing scene in Pembrokeshire came about.
In our little corner of Wales we had no surf films to watch; just the odd news bulletin about some surfers riding the ‘Cribbar’* or such like, but slowly and surely it was evolving. My early memories of Pembrokeshire surfing are as such.
I can always remember being drawn to the sea and had my first surf on those ply wood belly boards that were in use in those very early days of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
I remember seeing two surfers walking down Newgale beach and thinking I’d like to try that. They had Malibu surfboards under their arms – the first I’d seen.