Beautiful Channel Islands 80s Thruster

Greetings, Shredderz! For those of you who believe “80s neon” and “tasteful” are mutually exclusive, I present to you this gorgeous Channel Islands thruster. Yes, it’s got multiple laminates, none of which are particularly subtle in terms of size or color, but dare I say this is still a supremely classy stick. Shout out to Robert Peck, who has submitted multiple boards I’ve featured here on the blog over the years, and was kind enough to send along the one you see below.

This is a remarkably clean example of an 80s CI thruster. Check out the laminate on the bottom of the board right below the center fin — I believe that’s an older Waterman’s Guild logo, meaning this board was shaped in Southern California, versus CI’s home base in Santa Barbara.

The board measures 6’1″ x 19 and change x 2 3/4″. I believe it was likely shaped by a CI production shaper, though I’m not sure who.

It’s not uncommon to see CI boards from this era with a bump squash tail, as pictured above. Compare the pronounced bump in the board above to something like Jon Pyzel’s Mini-Ghost, which is far more subtle.

Thanks again to Robert for sharing pics of this killer board!

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