Tri Fin Trifecta: Mid-Week Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a rare mid-week installment of the Weekend Grab Bag. For whatever reason, most of the boards I feature on the blog or Instagram tend to be single and/or twin fins. This time around, though, we’ve got a nice triple dose of three-finned boards, ranging from an 80s Nectar thruster to some funkier fare. All the boards you see featured below are currently available for purchase online. Without any further ado, here’s the lineup:

6’2″ Nectar Surfboards Thruster (Craigslist San Diego)

Simon Anderson’s thruster changed high performance surfing forever. The first production thrusters were sold in Australia under the Energy Surfboards label. For the US market, Anderson licensed the groundbreaking thruster design to Gary MacNabb’s Nectar Surfboards brand. Here’s a cool example of a Nectar Surfboards with the “3” thruster laminate, and a 2+1 fin setup. Bonus points for the matching spray and fins.

5’6″ Mike Eaton Bing Bonzer Kneeboard (Craigslist Orange County)

How sick is this little nugget?! While the thruster put the tri-fin surfboard on the map, the Campbell Brothers had developed their own three finned design about a decade earlier. I’ve always been fascinated with the Bonzer, and you don’t really see a ton of these small kneeboard examples. This one was also signed by Mike Eaton, who sadly passed away earlier this year after a long and fruitful career at Bing and his own label. For a similar looking board, check out this vintage Unity Surfboards bonzer below. The Bing Bonzer is being sold by Kookamonga Surf Shop — check ’em out for some reasonably priced sweet vintage sleds.

5’6″ Hydrodynamica Rusty Preisendorfer Simster (Craigslist Jersey Shore)

Last but not least is a Hydrodynamica Simster model, shaped by the and only Rusty Preisendorfer. Richard Kenvin, the man behind Hydrodynamica, has talked about how he digs the earlier CyberSim models made in collaboration with Aussie shaper Daniel Thomson. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any information online about Rusty’s Hydrodynamica boards, so this is all I’ve got. The fins are Larry Gephart keels.

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