Greetings, Shredderz! If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you might know that I’m a huge fan of two things: Transition Era surfboards from the late Sixties, and Rick Surfboards, the defunct but influential South Bay surfboards label. Well, today’s post checks both boxes, as it represents an unusual board: the Rick Surfboards Plastic Fantastic V Bottom. The board is actually being offered for sale by its owner — reach out to @tcroose on Instagram if you’re interested.
I’ve written up a few vee bottom boards on the blog. One of my favorite remains the Surfboards Hawaii “Hawaii V” model, which features some pretty out there design elements, befitting the Transition Era’s open-minded attitude towards experimentation.
I have actually never seen a Rick Surfboards Plastic Fantastic V Bottom before. The closest I have seen is a 1967 9’6″ Rick Surfboards Plastic Fantastic, but that board appears to be more of a classic longboard shape. To make things even more confusing, there was also an entirely different Plastic Fantastic surfboard label in the late Sixties, as well as the 1969 surf film “The Fantastic Plastic Machine“. As far as I can tell, there isn’t any link between these various projects.
The Rick Surfboards Fantastic Plastic V Bottom has been restored. It’s nice to see a fifty year old board that can still be ridden regularly.
The tail of the board is a trip, as is the case with so many Transition Era vee bottom boards. It looks more chopped off than the angular tail found on the Surfboards Hawaii V, but there’s still plenty of thickness throughout. Compare the Rick above with Gene Cooper’s updated vee bottom shapes, which are much sleeker in comparison.
As I mentioned earlier, the Rick Surfboards Fantastic Plastic V Bottom is up for sale, and you can drop the seller a note here. The board is located in Ventura, California, and you can contact the seller for any and all details around price, shipping, etc. Many thanks to the board’s owner and anyone else who has generously shared photos with this humble little blog, and I hope you enjoyed this look at an unusual board from the Transition Era.