Stussy Surfboards: Equipment for the Modern Age

Stussy Surfboards

Greetings, Shredderz! There are a handful of rules I try to live by. One of those rules is that you can never, ever have too many Stussy surfboards. Today we’ve got an ultra clean example of a classic Shawn Stussy surfboard shaped in 1985. Thanks to James for sending in photos of the board. You can follow him on Instagram here.

The Stussy surfboard is 5’10” x 19 3/4″. It is a QZ / 3 Model, which I believe was more or less Stussy’s stock thruster model during the Eighties. The board was shaped in 1985, and it still belongs to the original owner. James tells me he purchased the board brand new from Newport Surf + Sport, and then promptly took it to Trestles, where it got its first taste of the Pacific. Frankly I can’t think of a better way to introduce a surfboard to the world, especially one with such deep Orange County roots.

equipment for the modern age

Last week I posted another Eighties Stussy thruster on Instagram, which you can find here. James got in touch when he saw the previous board, which belonged to a good friend of his.

Stussy Surfboards

Eighties Stussy surfboards are highly collectible. This is particularly true of the Stussy boards with colorful sprays and over the top artwork. James’ board has it all. To me it’s one of the cooler Eighties Stussy surfboards I have personally seen. Yes, I know taste is supposedly objective, but I believe the artwork on Stussy surfboards stands head and shoulders above its Echo Beach contemporaries. Yes, the boards are often marked by bright colors and distinctive patterns, but it’s no coincidence Stussy’s fashion and design career has lasted for decades since he first struck out on his own.

Thanks James for sharing photos of this incredible stick. For more Stussy surfboards, check out some earlier posts here.

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