Bilbo Dies Age 75
The man credited with introducing fibreglass surf boards to Cornwall and the whole of the UK, has died at the age of 75. Bill Bailey who spent most of his life in Cornwall was known by many as "the father of British surfing".
BBC Radio Cornwall's Rosie Dunkley spoke with Roger Mansfield a local surfing historian and former friend of Bill about life in the surf. Click on the link below:
A natural teacher and a man who encouraged people to follow their dreams, Mr Bailey set up Bilbo Surfboard's the country's first surfboard company, and became an expert in the art of surfboard building and design.
Bilbo Surfboards produced around 12,000 boards over the next eight years, as the popularity of the sport in Cornwall began to grow.
Newquay became the hub of surfboard production, with the Bilbo boards produced from temporary buildings in Pargolla Road.
He died on April 28 following a battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife Lil, his sons Jason and Nick and his 98-year-old father George.
last updated: 13/05/2009 at 16:26