An Unusual 70s G&S Skip Frye

Skip Frye has been shaping surfboards since the 60s, but for whatever reason, he doesn’t seem to have made a ton of traditional 70s single fins. I’m guessing Skip and many of his San Diego contemporaries were more focused on eggs and other designs during this time period. That said, every once in a while you’ll see a Skip Frye single fin pop up, and I always dig ’em.

Zac was kind enough to send me photos of this Gordon & Smith single fin shaped by the Skipper, and I just had to give it a longer writeup. You can follow Zac on Instagram here. Ken Lewis, who is my go to source for any and all pieces of Skip-related trivia, estimates Skip shaped the board around 1973 or 1974.

I really dig the outline on this board. I’m not sure what the dims are, but it might be 6’8″, based off the signature.

You will occasionally see examples of wings on Skip Frye single fins, but from what I can tell, they’re pretty rare. Check out the board below, which is strikingly similar to Zac’s stick that I featured in the post, down to the triple stringers.

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