Fantastic! Plastic?

If you’re in the Tampa, Florida area, there’s a cool vintage Plastic Fantastic board that’s up for sale on Craigslist.

The listing is scant on details, but I would imagine the board is from the late 60s or early 70s, based on the wings, as well as the pintail. I was able to find a very similar looking outline for a board on The Surfboard Project, which I have included below:

The only question re: the dating is the presence of leash plugs on both boards. I can’t say for sure when these were introduced, but off the top of my head, late 60s / early 70s seems quite early for leash plugs. If anyone has info on this I’d love to hear more.

Otherwise, it’s difficult to give any other info about the board. No dims are listed on the Craigslist ad, and Stoked-n-Board’s listing for Plastic Fantastic doesn’t have a ton of info, either.

The typically excellent Surf Research – no, really, you have to visit this site if you’re at all interested in vintage surfboards (and if you’re not, I have to wonder how you even made it this far down this post) – has an example of another Plastic Fantastic board. Included in Surf Research’s post is an example of a signature of original Plastic Fantastic shaper Daniel Calohan, which I have included below:

TBD if there’s any sort of evidence – a signature, a serial number, etc. – on the Craigslist board in question. Still, it’s clearly a genuine Plastic Fantastic board from an earlier era. The only mystery is trying to figure out who might have shaped it and when.

Check out the board here.

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