Press Releases . . . .
Yes, these are a little out of date, we have been so busy making boards we have not written traditional press releases lately. Check on the 'Industry Blah' spot in ThreeSixty magazine for latest updates.
Date: 2 May 2001
Industry News: Buzzard Bodyboards - new materials and shapes
Buzzard bodyboards of St Merryn, North Cornwall, are producing a wider range of boards after sourcing alternative materials and experimenting with new shapes.
'After the success of our 'Fat Boy' boards for 'the larger rider', we wanted to develop other specialised lines,' said Dave Lunnen, proprietor and designer, 'We have managed to obtain a new super-lightweight foam core. This will make an ideal board for lighter riders, particularly women bodyboarders, and the boards can be made any length from 36" to 42"'
Buzzard Bodyboards also have a source of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) slicks as an option on the larger boards, giving even more spring and stiffness to the Dow cores. New shapes include the 'Diamond Geezer', a radical design with straight rails from widepoint to tail, giving increased speed and acceleration.
Date: 17 February 2001
Heading: Buzzard Bodyboards Team team rider on boat rescued by text message
Text: Marcus Whitney, one of Buzzard Bodyboards team riders, was amongst the people rescued from a sinking boat between Bali and Lombok after a text message was sent to a friend in Cornwall. Dave Lunnen, of Buzzard Bodyboards & BodyGun UK said today: 'We had heard about the amazing rescue after Falmouth Coastguard received a mayday call following a text message from the boat. Then we received an email from Marcus saying he was one of those rescued!' 'We are looking forward to hearing the full story (and seeing the photos) from Marcus, but in the meantime we are just relieved that they are all safe and well. Apparently Marcus was more keen on getting some good rides on the break outside the hotel than attending the press conferences! Top marks to Marcus for wearing his Buzzard T-shirt (complete with a sticker from Small Planet).'
Date: 2 May 2000
Heading: Buzzard Bodyboards Team 2000 board designs at the Show
Text: BodyGun UK are in the Wadebridge Chamber of Commerce Street at the Royal Cornwall Show again this year. On show will be the new Series 5 BodyGuns, made entirely in Cornwall, and the latest range of Buzzard Bodyboards, including examples of custom boards and replicas of sponsored riders' boards. Buzzard Bodyboards have signed up a team of sponsored riders this season, who have designed their own competition boards. They include Marcus Whitney, (maker of the 'Cornish Vibrations' video), Karl Christ, and Ryan Phelps - all off-the-wall boys from Portreath. From further afield are Rhyd Lewis, from Wales, (who writes regularly for 360 Magazine) and Ben Good from San Diego (currently studying at Sussex University). Once again there will be a chance to enter a free draw for a Buzzard Bodyboard. Last year's winner was Rhiannon Morris Jones, of Stratton near Bude.
Date: 29 March 2000
Heading: Buzzard Boards travel the world with new team riders for 2000
Text: St Merryn-based BodyGun UK, manufacturers of Buzzard Bodyboards as well as the innovative BodyGun surf system have signed up an exciting team of riders for the year 2000. Proprietor Dave Lunnen explained; " Marcus Whitney, from Portreath is staying with us for another year, also we have signed up Karl Christ and Ryan Phelps (also from Portreath), Rhydian Lewis from Swansea, and Ben Good, from San Diego, California, who is studying at the University of Sussex." Marcus is very impressed with his Buzzard boards, designed to his own specification: "Construction wise you can't fault the board, it looks slick and feels solid when riding. The 400 core is responsive both prone and drop-knee - in fact it's the most responsive core I've ridden D.K. in the U.K." Rhyd is off to Portugal soon, Ryan is travelling to the West Coast of Australia, and Karl is in Wales at the moment and making a trip to Indo soon. Dave Lunnen is sure the future of Buzzard Bodyboards lies in building on the success already achieved in custom board design: "The response we have had to our website and other targeted advertising has been very enthusiastic. With our team of riders, not only will the boards be seen via the Web, but also in use by some exciting young body-boarders all around the world!" Information: visitors to the Buzzard Bodyboards factory are welcome, by appointment, call Dave on 01208 812508 (mornings) or 01841 520028. Check out the website at: http://www.buzzardbodyboards.co.uk .
Text: St Merryn-based BodyGun UK, manufacturers of Buzzard Bodyboards as well as the innovative BodyGun surf system are continuing to make contacts around the world through their website. Proprietor Dave Lunnen explained; " We are delighted to be sponsoring a visiting bodyboarder, Ben Good, from San Diego, California, who is studying at the University of Sussex." Ben says: "After a trip to Newquay in October, I was quite surprised to find that Cornwall actually has waves comparable to the waves back home in San Diego (although its much much much colder!!!). I entered the SouthWest Student championships and saw the link to Buzzard bodyboards on the same website as the contest. I discovered that Buzzard is the only custom bodyboard maker in the whole UK, and contacted Dave. Four days later I was in his shop looking at my brand new board." Ben took part in the heats in less than ideal conditions, windy 1-2 foot surf at Towan Beach, but unfortunately didn't get through to the next round. However, he did get some good waves the next day, as he reports: "I finally got a chance to really try out the board in the kind of waves it was designed for. It was great, the faster the waves, the better the board handled." Buzzard Bodyboards now has three sponsored riders, Marcus Whitney, based in Portreath, Rhyddian Lewis from Wales, and now Ben Good from San Diego. Following the 'Eclipse' event last August, Buzzard will be co-sponsoring another bodyboard contest with Rocky Point Surfshop, at Trevone, near Padstow, on the last weekend in April. Contacts: Dave & Mary Lunnen, BodyGun UK. Tel: 01841 520028, Fax: 01841 540945, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews, photos or filming at the factory welcome.
Text: This week sees the launch of the revamped BodyGun UK Internet website which includes full information on the new range of Buzzard Bodyboards manufactured at St Merryn, North Cornwall, as well as a three-day animated weather chart, and links to other sites of interest to surfers. Proprietor Dave Lunnen explained: "We have had a good level of sales of the innovative BodyGun surf system through our existing website - so it was our first priority to set up a really interesting site for Buzzard Bodyboards as soon as the factory was operational." Orders for BodyGuns (the bodysurfing system that you wear strapped to your chest) have come in through the website from as far afield as Italy, France and America, and Dave is hoping for an even greater level of interest in the bodyboards. B oth the original BodyGun UK website and the new Buzzard Bodyboard pages were designed by Dorset-based webmaster John Baxendale of West Wind Internet. Mary Lunnen, who deals with marketing and PR for BodyGun UK, said: "We were delighted with the standard of design and service we received from John when we first set up the site. We have worked closely together in producing the new pages, using email as our main means of communication, and the finished result shows just what can be done using technology to assist businesses in Cornwall - the Internet really can be a useful tool for marketing around the world!" Interested bodyboarders and bodysurfers (or net-surfers!) can check out the site at: http://www.buzzardbodyboards.co.uk .
Text: The event was held on 14 August 1999 at Trevone Bay. It was a rather cold day with a strong on-shore wind. Waves started at 1 - 1.5 ft, and built during the day to 2 - 3 ft. Local brothers Paul and James Eddleston were the star performers, winning three of the four sections between them. The event was organised and sponsored by Buzzard Bodyboards and Rocky Point Surf Shop. Other sponsors were: Constantine Bay Surf Store, The Pit, Terrapin Station, Treyarnon Takeaway, British Sponger Magazine, and the Harlyn Inn. A donation of the entry fees collected for the event was spilt between Padstow RNLI and Harlyn SLSA.
Trevone Eclipse Bodyboard Contest Results:
Text: The winner in the free draw to win one of the first Buzzard Bodyboards manufactured in Cornwall by BodyGun UK has been announced. The lucky person who now has her own Buzzard Bodyboard is Rhiannon Morris Jones, aged eight, of Stratton near Bude. Mr Morris Jones said: "We were all very excited when the phone call came that Rhiannon had won. She couldn't wait to come and pick up her board."
Rhiannon, her parents, and her brother were treated to a tour of the factory at St Merryn where the boards are individually shaped from blocks of foam before having the decks, rails, nose and tails added using specially-built heat-laminating machinery. The popular bodyboarding magazine, British Sponger, are planning a special feature on Buzzard Bodyboards in the next edition, and BodyGun UK will be joint sponsors (with Rocky Point Surf Shop and Constantine Bay Surf Stores) of the Trevone Eclipse Surf Contest to be held on Saturday 14 August. Full details of the surf contest are available from either of the two surf shops.
Text: After months of hard work which has included building specialised machinery from scratch, BodyGun UK of St Merryn, near Padstow, are about to launch their new range of Buzzard Bodyboards. The models available will suit all styles of bodyboarding, from drop-knee to prone, and all sizes, from juniors to 'big bro' boards. The company will also specialise in custom bodyboards and soft kneeboards, using the latest materials from suppliers in the UK and USA. Owner Dave Lunnen said: "We are very fortunate to have received some assistance in the form of a loan from the Rural Growth Fund, but in order to install the latest machinery at a price we could afford, we have had to build most of it ourselves. This has involved a lot of work making individual components, but at last we are producing boards in time for the 1999 season." The new Buzzard Boards will be exhibited on the BodyGun UK stand in the Wadebridge Chamber of Commerce Village, at the Royal Cornwall Show, and there will be a free draw to win a customised bodyboard to your own specifications.
Baxendale, West Wind Internet
Tel: 01202 894627, Fax: 01202 872124