Schroff: 80s to the Max

In the 80s, the predominant aesthetic for surfboard design was one of bold graphics and huge logos. Some people think it’s a little over the top and ugly.

Those people are wrong.

Case in point, look at this beautiful Peter Schroff surfboard that is for sale on eBay. Sure, we can go on about the dimensions —5’10” x 20.5” x 2.75”, with glassed on quad fins, and a double bump swallow tail, blah blah blah — but really this board is about the awesome laminates and the nostalgia for an era of hair metal, neon, and some fantastic John Hughes movies.

Schroff Surfboards, based out of Venice, will always be associated with Echo Beach and its flamboyant style. His boards, starting with his signature black and white checkered logo, are loud, colorful, and memorable. (Picture Credit: Used Surfboards)

Echo Beach refers to a stretch in Newport Beach where the infamous eighties surf aesthetic took root and came to define an entire era. You can read more about it in the fantastic photo book “The Eighties at Echo Beach”.

There is no better way to sterilize an exciting time than to turn it into a history lesson, so I won’t say any more about it. Instead, here’s a rad mini-gallery that features some classic eighties babes in high-cut one pieces, a young Kelly Slater, and some great SoCal nostalgia vibes.

Finally, if you’re interested in the board, you can find it on eBay here.

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