Greetings, Shredderz! So far 2020 hasn’t been anyone’s idea of a great time, but hopefully everyone has at least found some silver linings in what has been a pretty dark cloud. I hope you and yours are all safe, and that folks have been hitting up some uncrowded lineups to stay sane. Personally I’ve had a bit more time to devote to writing blog posts, and hopefully some of you are enjoying the increased output. In standard Social Media Roundup fashion, here are some vintage surfboard posts I’ve enjoyed from the past month or so:
Marc Andreini needs no introduction. I love Marc’s boards, and in our limited interactions, he has always been kind and generous with his considerable knowledge of surf history. Marc recently shaped me a board out of a vintage Clark Foam blank, which you can read about here. Pictured above is a White Owl single fin Andreini shaped in the Seventies. Roger Nance, who owns Surf N’ Wear Beach House in Santa Barbara, has a few killer vintage Andreini boards, including this one he posted earlier in the year.
Here is a next level board from cult shaper Mike Croteau that belongs to Aussie board builder Corey Graham. First, make sure you read the entire caption. To me it’s always cool to learn about shapers and their influences, and I particularly enjoy Graham’s story about how Croteau made shaping seem like fun. The board itself is jam packed with insane details. Check out the ultra deep channels (1/4″ thick, according to Graham); the unique fins; and of course, the jet board system designed to funnel air and water along the bottom of the board. Croteau might not be a household name but I am fascinated with his career. I recently wrote up a sweet Seventies Croteau single fin located in Spain, of all places, and here is another channel bottom thruster he shaped.
How’s this for San Diego surf history? From left to right: Joel Tudor, Donald Takayama and Skip Frye.
Shawn Stussy has been posting some great stories from the early days of his surfboard shaping career. It’s also cool to see a photo of Craig Fineman, who is probably best known for his early skateboarding photography, but also collaborated with the Campbell Brothers before his passing. I’ve long maintained that for all the (understandable) excitement about Stussy’s Eighties shapes, I like his Seventies boards just as much.
This one was too pretty to pass up! Here’s a Steve Lis / Rich Pavel twinzer. I’ve never quite been able to get the official story on these Lis / Pavel collaboration boards, but I’ll have to do some research at some point. In the meantime I couldn’t resist writing up a stick with such a killer airbrush. The old school Moonlight Glassing logo is a nice touch, too.
Photo at the top of the page by Michael Kew