I’m not sure why, but I have a slight fascination with vintage swallow tail single fins. Part of it has to do with the fact that the swallowtail seems to have been a somewhat unusual choice for single fins in the 70s and early 80s. I also wonder how these boards ride, and how the swallowtail specifically affects the performance, given it was a relatively unusual choice during the single fin era. Last but not least, Gordon & Smith, one of California’s venerable original surfboard brands, produced more than their fair share of swallow tail single fins, often with great airbrushes and other beautiful details. Here are some cool G&S single fins that readers sent me, and I decided to collect in one place.
Thanks to Bruce for letting me run pics of this duo of G&S swallow tail single fins. You can find more on the original post here. Love the airbrushes, pin lines and colors on these two.
Caleb sent over the photo above. As always, the pin lines and airbrushes on these old G&S boards are so, so good. This one is 6’9″.
Last but not least, Conor sent over the photos of this sea foam green G&S. Check out that insane original fin, too.