I’ve written about Christian Fletcher before, and I will never, ever get sick of his old logo, which manages to be both an act of visual rebellion as well as a time capsule for the day glo SoCal surf scene of the 1980s and 1990s. This is an interesting example of a Fletcher board, as apparently it was shaped by pioneering Aussie shaper Nev Hyman, who founded what would later become Firewire Surfboards. The other Fletcher boards I’ve seen have been signed by California shapers like Randy Sleigh and Chris McElroy. This board was posted to the excellent Vintage Surfboard Collectors group on Facebook; click through the link for the rest.
Via Vintage Surfboard Collectors (Note: it’s a closed group, so you’ll have to request access).
Finally, here’s a bonus shot of Fletcher — pre-tattoos! — and a McElroy shape.
Ryan Lovelace is a talented shaper based in Santa Barbara. He posted this picture below recently, which shows an early George Greenough sailboard with an edge board design. Edge boards have come into vogue lately, thanks to shapers like Marc Andreini (Andreini), Manny Caro (Mandala), and Scott Anderson (Anderson).
SB time capsule :: one of the earliest uses of carbon fiber and epoxy in surfboard construction, a personal sailboard of George Greenough's. Easy to see the progression in his work from velo to triplane/edge spoons and into a search for extreme speeds on sail boards. This one decently early on, with a clear lineage in design between his spoons and high speed sailboards. We can put this one on the list of things I thought I'd never have in the back of my car. Big thank you to Guerdon and Charlie for their time and for sharing their stories with me ✌🏻
Speaking of neon boards from the 80s and 90s, I’ll never, ever get sick of old Channel Islands boards. This guy on Instagram posts a bunch of sweet boards, and he has a collection of vintage Merricks that makes me sick with envy. Check out his feed for more.
Thanks @mums7873 for putting me onto another white CI. Just what I needed! Probably shoulda scraped the stomp pad glue and cleaned it up for the pics but first we gotta wax her up and see how she goes @thevintagesurfboard @roberthelphand . #vintagesurfboard #channelislands #channelislandssurfboards #cifever #80sneon #80s #almerrick #lajollasurfsystems #lajolla #malibu #balconyview #dayglow #surf #surfer #surfing #santabarbara #santabarbarasurf #californiaboard #arisboards
Longtime Donald Takayama team rider and collaborator Joel Tudor posted this old Takayama ad.