Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a quick hit for you, featuring a nice Sixties longboard from Russell Surfboards. I’ve written up more than a few Russell boards on the blog over the years, mostly focusing on Seventies single fins. Shawn Stussy cut his teeth shaping for Russell, and the label was home to many other talented shapers as well — folks like Jeff Timpone, Bruce Jones, Mike O’Day and others. Russell Surfboards continues to operate today, still based out of Southern California.
You don’t see a ton of Sixties Russell Surfboards sticks, so I was surprised to see a 1967 step deck nose rider pop up on Craigslist recently. You can find the Craigslist post here.
According to the seller, the board you see above is 10’2″ and it was shaped in 1967. The board has the classic lines you would expect out of a Sixties nose rider. I can’t quite make out the step deck that’s in the nose, but it’s a beautiful photo. The board looks to be in pretty good condition, although there’s noticeable discoloration around the nose and the tail.
The board has got an absolutely killer fin, and I love how it matches the overall color scheme.
Finally, I was stoked to see a Russell board with this logo. I haven’t seen many Russells with the “Surfboards by Russell” rectangle laminate. I’m guessing this must have been one of the label’s earlier logos, but I don’t have any details on it. See below for an example of a Seventies Stussy-shaped Russell with the same laminate.
Thanks for reading and you can check out the Russell Surfboards nose rider on Craigslist here.