Greetings, Shredderz! Today we have a surfboard from a man who has appeared many times on this humble little blog: the one-of-a-kind Herbie Fletcher. Fletcher is a surfer, a shaper, a businessman and an artist, a multi-hyphenate before that kind of thing ever really became cool. Pictured below is a neat example of a Herbie Fletcher longboard that was shaped in 1975, according to the seller.
The Craigslist posting for the board above is no longer up. Pics are via the original listing. It’s got a beautiful nearly opaque glass job in the classic Coke bottle hues. I love the Herbie Fletcher logo located on the deck towards the tail. The Herbie Fletcher longboard pictured above measures in at 8’6″, a bit on the shorter end for a traditional noserider. It’s interesting that the board was shaped during 1975, during a time when longboards had fallen somewhat out of fashion; then again, I get the sense that Herbie is the kind of guy who marches to the beat of his own drum.
The Herbie Fletcher longboard also comes with a sick vintage Rainbow Fin. You usually don’t see Rainbow Fins with such dark colors, but I dig it overall.
One thing about Herbie’s boards is I have never been able to tell the difference between boards hand shaped by Fletcher and those produced by other shapers working under the label. For example, I posted a old Astrodeck ad that listed Mike Perry as being a shaper for the Herbie Fletcher brand. In addition, there’s actually a Herbie Fletcher single fin that’s currently listed for sale on eBay. The eBay board has a signature from shaper Del Miller, who was a protege of Rich Harbour‘s during the 1970s. In fact, I have yet to see a Herbie Fletcher signature anywhere on a board, and I’m beginning to think that he simply didn’t sign any of his creations. If anyone has more info, I’d love to hear it.
And while I’m a stickler for hand shapes, I think it’s a bit besides the point as to who actually shaped the Herbie Fletcher longboard featured here. It’s a beautiful board from one of the modern legends of the sport, and that’s more than good enough for me.