WAVE TOOLS

This board, found on Craigslist in Inland Empire, is another relic from the Echo Beach glory days of the 1980s.

I posted another Lance Collins / Wave Tools board earlier, but this is a far more representative example of Collins’ legacy as a shaper. It has all the 80s logos galore, back in the day when boards came loaded with features. I know they’re nothing but clumsy stabs at marketing and branding, but I still love how this board trumpets its tri fin setup, and the “Pro / Am High Performance Model” declaration has its own odd brand of charm (are there any surfers that don’t fit into either the pro or amateur category?) The board measures in at 6′ x 20 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.

The Clark Foam logo is always a welcome sight on a vintage board, and I also dig the Wave Tools branded glass-on fins.

Sadly, this board is far from perfect. There are a ton of dings on the bottom and the tail has had some extensive work done to it, too. I’ve saved you the horror of having to view the pics for myself, as some of us prefer to look back on the 80s through rose tinted glasses (hey, it was cool then, okay?!) For a related post, here’s a link to a Schroff board that popped up on eBay recently.

The good news is this poster is asking a somewhat reasonable $125 for the board. You could definitely get it patched up a bit and surf it.

Check it out here.

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