Some Like it Hot: Tim Phares Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a real treat for you, courtesy of a thoughtful reader named Daniel. Daniel and his buddy scored a pair of rad Tim Phares surfboards, both of which sport some pretty incredible airbrushes. Phares shaped for a number of labels over the years, including LA fixtures Con Surfboards and Blue Cheer / Ocean Surfboards. In 1980 Phares struck out on his on. Phares continued to shape under a variety of labels, which I think he all owned — Fluid Drive in the Eighties, TP Surfboards, and also Epic Surfboards. I’m not sure which of those continue to exist today, but as far as I can tell, they were all different names for Phares’ own creations.

Pictured above is the first board Daniel shared with me. As you can see, this Tim Phares stick boasts not one but two incredible airbrushes. The deck is a trippy and ultra colorful geometric pattern that I really dig. The bottom is a Marilyn Monroe airbrush, and it looks like the artwork on the bottom might have been painted by Phares himself. Daniel also tells me the fins are old Gordon & Smith Star System fins, which were made in the late Seventies and early Eighties, I believe. This Phares board is such a gem. Curiously, there’s no label listed on it — it just has Tim’s signature and nothing else.

The second of the two Tim Phares surfboards is another Eighties board. This one was produced under Phares’ Fluid Drive label. Like the Marilyn Monroe board above, the Fluid Drive thruster has an amazing and era-appropriate paint job:

Ah, the Eighties! The aesthetic is unmistakable, isn’t it? I can’t get enough of the insane spray job on this bad boy, from the fuchsia tones to the abstract designs.

It’s also interesting to me to note the design differences in both shapes. The Fluid Drive board has a much less pronounced set of wings towards the back, ending in what I might almost call a diamond tail. The Marilyn Monroe / Tim Phares board, on the other hand, has much more pronounced wings, and then a swallowtail. Both Tim Phares surfboards have thruster setups, but it’s also interesting to note the Fluid Drive board has glass on fins, versus the fin boxes on the Monroe board. Sadly, I don’t know enough about Tim’s boards to say when the two might have been shaped in relation to one another.

Thanks again to Daniel for sharing pics of these two sweet ass sledz! And if you have some amazing boards you’re itching to share with the world — or, more realistically, the five or so weirdos who read this blog on a regular basis — please do drop me a line.

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