Hot Buttered Single Fin with Martyn Worthington Airbrush

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Greetings, Shredderz! If you held a gun to my head and forced me to choose a favorite sub-genre of vintage surfboards, I just might choose 70s single fins. Well, let’s back up a bit — truth be told, I might actually be thrilled to have someone ask for my opinion on surfboards, whether or not it was at gunpoint. Either way, there’s just something sexy about 70s single fins. Of all the shaper / labels combos out there, Terry Fitzgerald and his Hot Buttered Surfboards brand stand out.

Here’s a classic Hot Buttered single fin. The board was originally posted on Facebook — many thanks to Marcus for sharing the pictures you see here. I edited some of the shots a bit to better display the incredible Martyn Worthington airbrush mural on the bottom of the board. The owner showed the board to Terry Fitzgerald, who told him that it was probably shaped in early 1973. The Hot Buttered single fin measures 6’10” and it’s got a winged pintail (what Aussies would call a single flyer pintail).

It’s amazing to think how much work must have gone into this board, from the glass on fin, to the resin tint, and of course the mural. “They don’t make them like they used to” is often an overused quote, but I find it hard to argue with in this case. I love these Terry Fitzgerald Hot Buttered boards in general, but this one is a real gem. Thanks again to Marcus for sharing pics of this insane stick!

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