Vintage Skip Frye Magic & More

Greetings, Shredderz! Here’s a selection of rad Skip Frye boards that have popped up online over the past few months, including a cool Skip Frye Magic thruster. I don’t own these boards or know who does, but as someone who is always stoked to see cool examples Skip’s boards, I figured I would pass them along.

7’4″ Skip Frye Magic

Now this looks like a really fun one. This Skip Frye Magic was listed on Craigslist about a month ago. According to the original listing, the board is approximately 7’4″ x 22″ x 3″. The seller claims the board was shaped in either the Eighties or the Nineties, which sounds about right. For what it’s worth, the seller described the board as a Magic model, but it’s difficult for me to say. The outline does look consistent with the G&S website’s description of the Magic model. The Board Source also sold a gorgeous Magic with a glass on single fin, which you can see here. I love the triple logos on the deck and the old school Diamond Glassing laminate on the bottom. It’s not a board you’d see at a high end auction but it’s one you can imagine buying and surfing until the wheels come off, which I think is a far greater compliment.

8’10” Skip Frye Thruster (Model Unknown)

Here is a super clean Skip Frye surfboard that, like the board above, bears the laminate of an old San Diego glass shop. This stick was shaped at Canyon Glass Shop. I believe Canyon Glass Shop was also home to Canyon Surfboards, where Rusty Preisendorfer cut his teeth. The board is technically a 2+1 setup, with glassed on side bites and a small fin box in the center. The listing claims the surfboard was shaped in the early to mid Eighties. If so, it’s in stunning condition considering the age.

12′ Skip Frye Eagle “Valdez”

The Eagle is Skip Frye’s classic big board design, and this one clocks in at a healthy 12′. There are two interesting things about this stick. First are the “Valdez” laminates towards the nose. I’m not sure what the reference is. Second are the intricate graphics on the bottom of the board, directly beneath the hand drawn Skip Frye wings. I’ve seen a few Skips with similar graphics — check out this one, for example — but don’t know what the story is. According to the seller, the Eagle was shaped in either 1989 or 1990, when Skip had a shop in Pacific Beach.

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