Roger Berry

Roger Berry began belly boarding with his dad Ken in the 40s on boards they made from coffins. They saw photos of stand-up surfing in a May 1954 issue of National Geographic and crafted a hollow board without plans that winter. They were some of the first stand-up surfers in Guernsey.

Interview: Richard Browning 30/04/13 Ref: AV4061

Full interview available in The First Wave Archive.

Surf spots


Dad and sister

New homes

Hung up in the barn

Sharp edges and slippy

Whoops! No skeg.

Oiled jumpers

Just speedos

National Geographic

Surfing coffins

Board construction