Greetings, Shredderz! I hope you’re all prepared for an absolute onslaught of incredible surfboard photos. The Quivers of Distinction series here on the blog features folks with noteworthy surfboard collections. Today we’ve got Ken Lewis, a San Diego local who owns a selection of Skip’s shapes. Ken, who is friends with Skip and his family, helped put together the Surfer’s Journal article “The Caretaker of Intangible Ingredients”, which is an in-depth feature on Skip’s own jaw-dropping quiver. For what it’s worth that article is one of my all-time favorite pieces of surf journalism. If you’ve ever read one of my blog posts on an obscure Skip Frye shape, it likely contains information that was kindly passed along to me from Ken. Check out this very early Gordon & Smith Skip Frye Model, which pre-dates the creation of Frye’s famous wings logo, which Ken helped identify. Give Ken a follow on Instagram here, and onto the photos of his ridiculous stash of Skip Frye gems.
I like that Ken’s quiver spans a variety of models, outlines, years and colors. Just about everything here is covered, from Skip’s fish to some mid-length designs, to what Skip calls “big boards.” Personally I would take any single one of them.
Yes, that is a tidy sixteen Skip Frye boards that belong to one person. That’s sixteen more than most of us mere mortals can get our hands on. I’m trying my best to contain my jealousy but I don’t think it’s working.
Ken’s got some older Skip sticks to round things out, too. Don’t get me wrong, I like pristine boards just as much as the next guy. But I love the fact that the boards in this quiver are ridden and enjoyed. I say this as someone who is far too guilty of relegating boards to wall hanger status myself.
Thanks again to Ken for sharing these photos of his insane quiver, as well as being so generous with info on San Diego shapers and surfboards.