Circle One – an Original British Surfing Company
Early Surfing Adventures
As one of the few original British surfboard shop and boasting a rich heritage, the Circle One story is a tale of a love affair between the company’s founder, Jeff Townsley, and his lifetime passion of surfing. Jeff was born in Exeter, Devon and as a teenager in the 60’s his passion for surfing really took hold. Jeff spent every spare evening heading to his local breaks of North Devon (Croyde, Putsborough, Saunton, Woolacombe) and at weekends going further afield to Cornish breaks such as Newquay (the home of British surfing), Bude and seeking out secret surf spots along the Atlantic coast.
By the late 60’s Jeff had become a skilled and respected self-taught surfer and had saved enough cash to fulfil his ambition of travelling to new foreign surf spots. He purchased the most iconic of surfing transport, a VW split screen campervan, ditched the day job and set off on a European and African surfing adventure with a few close surfing buddies. He spent the next couple of years living the surfing dream, chasing waves in France, Portugal, Spain, Canaries, Morocco and soaking up the local culture wherever he went.