Quiksilver, Danny Kwock and Echo Beach: Sagas of Shred

Greetings, Shredderz! I’m on the road this week, which means no fresh vintage surf ad scans for today’s Sagas of Shred entry. The good news, though, is that we’re borrowing an ad originally posted by the cool kids at Saturdays NYC. If surf nostalgia has a more classic combination than Danny Kwock, Quiksilver and the Echo Beach heydays of the Eighties, I have yet to see it. The ad you see here features a young Kwock absolutely stylin’. I nabbed this photo from an excellent interview with Kwock on the Saturdays NYC website. Sadly, I think Saturdays has discontinued their short-lived but awesome magazine project. If you can dig up a hard copy of the magazines they printed it’s definitely worth it — they are beautiful printed pieces, and mine are carefully stashed away for safekeeping.

And just in case you thought Danny Kwock was a one-tricky pony, here’s proof that he does black tie every bit as well as more casual ensembles. I found the shot of Kwock posing alongside a killer Wave Tools stick on this completed vintage surfboard auction listing. Not sure who the photographer is — if you have any info please do let me know.

Thanks for reading and we’ll be back next Thursday with more Sagas of Shred!

Wave Tools Jeff Parker Model & More: Weekend Grab Bag

Shredderz, I can’t lie: it has been some time since I last offered up an entry of our Weekend Grab Bag series. But better late than never, right? Today we’ve got an eclectic group of vintage surfboards. Per Grab Bag rules, all boards must be currently listed for sale as of the time the post is published. Keep scrolling for more, starting with a sweet Wave Tools Jeff Parker Model.

Wave Tools Jeff Parker Model (eBay)

You want logos? We’ve got you covered. Pictured above is an Echo Beach era Wave Tools thruster. To exactly no one’s surprise, the board is practically drowning in awesome, oversized laminates — how sick are the ones on the rails? — and a loud herringbone pattern paint job. Parker’s Jack of Spades personal logo is all time. I’m also intrigued by the outline. The pronounced wings make it look like a more aggressive predecessor to the bump squash tail thrusters that were popular in the Eighties. If I’m not mistaken, the board is only 5’2″, but that hasn’t put a damper on the bidding. As of the time the post was written, the board was already at $640, despite needing a decent amount of work. The photo at the top of the page features Parker on a different but similarly colorful Lance Collins design; photo is by Mike Moir.

Surfing’s New Image Aipa Sting by Rick Hamon (eBay)

I’ve long had a fascination with the stings Rick Hamon shaped under the SNI / Aipa label. The one you see above is a nice and clean example. I think the price is quite high, but hey, it’s a lovely board and the seller provided some great pics, too. The seller dates the board to 1974 and the board is 7’4″. Love the airbrush colors and the pin line.

Gordon & Smith Midget Farrelly Stringerless Model (eBay)

Last but not least we have a very cool G&S Midget Farrelly Stringerless Model in mostly original condition. Like the SNI / Aipa sting above, I think the price is on the high side, but it’s a very cool older board. I hesitate to even link to this older post I wrote, but it contains some decent info on the Farrelly’s various collaborations with Gordon & Smith. The board is 9’10”, and according to the seller it was likely shaped in either 1966 or 1967. I am guessing the G&S Midget Farrelly Stringerless Model was shaped right before the Transition Era took off. The seller believes it was likely shaped by either Mike Eaton or Skip Frye. Those are interesting theories for sure, but I don’t know enough about G&S history to weigh in one way or another.

Wave Tools Twin Fin by Lance Collins

Greetings, Shredderz! First things first, and that’s giving credit where credit is due. The photos in this blog post of the amazing 80s Wave Tools twin fin come courtesy of Shred Sledz reader Steve Wray. Steve has blessed us with some awesome pics from his equally great collection, and for that I am forever grateful. Longtime readers may know by now that I have a huge weakness for any and all things from the 80s. There are few brands who exemplify the neon Echo Beach aesthetic of the decade quite like Wave Tools, and this Lance Collins shaped twin fin ticks all of the boxes.

The gradient fade on the checkerboard pattern on the bottom is pure 80s excess — not to mention the four laminates that sit on top of it (as if there were ever any question about the label of the board!) Mr Wray tells me the board is an even 6’0″. I’m not sure what year it was shaped. My guess it was in the earlier part of the decade, before the thruster craze took over.

I also love the contrasting color schemes on the deck and the bottom of the board. There’s a great natural contrast between the cooler blue and green tones of the deck, and the symmetrical airbrush, and then the complete sunburst chaos found on the bottom. And, even after all this, if by some chance you’re still confused about who shaped the board, the huge Lance Collins laminates on either side of the nose (and the two decals on the rails) should settle any questions once and for all.

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It’s also cool to see that Lance Collins glassed the Wave Tools twin fin in question. There aren’t too many shapers that glass their own boards these days, and there’s something rad about a board that has been made from start to finish by one set of hands.

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RIP Clark Foam…the oversized Clark Foam laminate will always be awesome to me.

As you can see, the Wave Tools twin fin has taken on some discoloration. Nonetheless, I am stoked to see that the colors and laminates are still very well preserved. In my opinion, the most important elements of the board have been retained quite well, and I actually prefer it in its current state to a full on restoration that would involve stripping off the glass.

Thanks again Steve for sharing pics of the board!

Shred Sledz Presents: August 6 Grab Bag

Greetings, Shredderz! Welcome to another installment of the Shred Sledz Grab Bag, where we’ll be taking a look at some boards that have recently been listed or sold around in the internet. And if you’re catching up, I’d like to recommend checking out the earlier post on Rick Surfboards. Without any further ado, here are some selections:

Two Stussy Surfboards (Craigslist and Craigslist)

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There are two Stussy surfboards for sale on Craigslist, both of which are located in New Jersey. It looks like they are being offered by separate sellers. Both of these boards are cheaper than what you might expect for Stussy boards. In the case of the board pictured above, this probably has a lot to do with the condition of the board. The board is signed by Stussy (click through to the listing for more pics), but there are numerous visible repairs and pressure dings. Check out the funny Waterman’s Guild dolphin logo! As for the second board, which also boasts a Rasta logo, it’s hard to draw any conclusions on the condition from the pictures. I emailed the seller, who claims there are no dents and dings. The board above is listed at $525, and the second board (not pictured) is offered at $500. Neither board has the over the top 80s spray jobs, but the second one seems like a pretty good deal at $500.

 

1980s Schroff Twin Fin (eBay)

This board has come and gone, so if you have an itchy trigger finger and an affinity for neon, I’m sorry to disappoint you! I thought this board was an interesting litmus test for prices around pre-Echo Beach boards. The Schroff twin fin above ended up selling for $388, which was a bit below what I had expected. This board looks like it’s barely a pre-Echo Beach shape. On one hand, with the bright colors and the multiple logos, you can see the beginnings of what would become Schroff’s signature style. On the other, the board is missing the signature Schroff black and white checkered logo, and between the beaked nose and the old-school lams, it has more of a late 70s / early 80s vibe. Personally, I love this twin fin, and I thought $388 was a steal, even considering the board had a bunch of dings. Then again, it’s clear that the market favors a certain era of Schroff boards, and this one does not fit into that description. The seller just posted another Schroff board, this time with all the 80s bells and whistles, and it’ll be interesting to note where the price ends up. For another example of a pre-Echo Beach shape, check out the earlier post on a Wave Tools single fin, which is still available for $250! Check out Board Collector for some more great shots of Schroff boards if you’re interested.

 

Hansen “The Hustler” Longboard (Craigslist)

Let’s switch gears to a classic 1960s noserider as a little palate cleanser to the go go Day Glo 80s boards featured above. This here is a Hansen “The Hustler” model noserider, clocking in at a serious 9’10”. The poster claims the board was shaped in 1967. This is somewhat supported by the old Newport Beach surfboard permit sticker that dates to 1969. You can also see the board has the old Hansen bolt through fin, which you’ll find on many Hansen boards from this era. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but info about Hansen Hustler models is scarce online. There’s another Hansen “The Hustler” noserider on sale on eBay, which is partially restored and is listed for $3,500. The board above looks all original and it is being offered at $1700. I don’t know enough about these boards to weigh in on the price, sadly. If you have more context, please drop me a line — I would love to hear from anyone with some info on this board!

 

Donald Takayama Hawaiian Pro Designs “In the Pink” Model

Pictured above is a Donald Takayama “In the Pink” 9’0″ noserider that was sold on Craigslist in San Diego a few weeks ago. The listing has since been removed. It’s an interesting board for a few reasons. First, look at the clear DT hand signature in the second to last pic, and compare the serial number with the one on the order form in the last photo. It’s a very cool look at a Takayama order form. I’m not sure when the board was made, but judging from the side bite fin boxes, it’s modern, likely made a few years before Takayama’s untimely passing in 2012.

Shawn Stussy Surfboards Trivia

Surfboards and Coffee had their second event this past weekend, and it looks like it was a doozy. Expression Session #2 was a celebration of all things Echo Beach, and as you might expect, there was enough neon to hurt your eyes (this is a good thing!). Peter Schroff and Lance Collins (Wave Tools) both made cameos, alongside a serious collection of classic 80s boards. I would have liked to drop by, but luckily, there are some great recaps to be found on Instagram. And this is a strictly a matter of personal preference, but the event resulted in some cool insider info on Shawn Stussy surfboards.

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Expression Session 2: Echo Beach

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One-time Stussy team rider John Gothard showed up to the event and provided some awesome context on decoding some of Stussy’s mysterious stringer markings. To summarize the video below, at some point during the 80s Stussy was obsessed with James Bond. As a result, Stussy signed his personal boards “007” on the stringer. Gothard’s boards were marked “008” in a reference to Bond’s friend and Secret Service colleague.

Here’s an example of a Shawn Stussy “007” personal rider. It’s also interesting to note the logo in the board below is slightly different from the classic Stussy script we all know and love.

See below for a nice contrast between the different Stussy logos. The boards on either side have the what I’m guessing is an older logo, and the board in the middle sports the classic version.

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A nice collection of 80s Stussy surfboards. Picture via Chicago Fashion Blogs

I was able to find another Stussy board on Instagram, which I believe pre-dates the script logo entirely. I believe the board below is from the late 1970s or early 1980s. (Note that Stoked-n-Board says Stussy didn’t start shaping until 1980).

Finally, another one of Stussy’s personal riders was up for sale earlier this year at the California Gold Surf Auction. See below for a picture, which was originally posted on the auction listing. There’s no “007” anywhere on this board, which dates to 1991. I’m guessing the “007” signature was relatively short-lived, but it’s just a guess.

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Shawn Stussy personal rider from 1991. No “007” markings, but a very clear signature with dating. Pic via California Gold Surf Auction

I’m bummed to have missed the event, but hopefully Surfboards and Coffee will continue to do God’s work in bringing together some killer boards and old school shapers! If you haven’t already, give them a follow on Instagram here.

Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup (May 29)

Konichiwa, Shredderz! This post is being written from lovely Japan, where I am enjoying an extended trip with Ms. Sledz. Hope all of my American friends are enjoying Memorial Day weekend. Enough about me, though, and onto the goods…

This is a KILLER shot of a lineup of some Zephyr Surfboards, posted by Instagram user @jjrober22. A couple of these boards boast what look like CR Stecyk spray jobs. I’m surprised by the length of some of these shapes, as I didn’t realize Jeff Ho shaped longer boards. I’m not sure if all of these are recent — at least a couple of the boards seem to have modern-looking fin boxes — but nonetheless it’s a colorful look at one of Los Angeles’ most revered surf brands.

 

My initial reaction was to apologize for posting not one but two flamboyant 80s boards in a row. Then I thought to myself, wait a second: what is Shred Sledz if not a safe space to celebrate the loud colors of 80s surf culture?! The Schroff board posted above is pretty subdued by Echo Beach standards. This thing is so cool — I love the teal paint job and the diagonal lines on the deck, especially when paired with the Rainbow Fin! Make sure you click through for all the pics, as the post is an Instagram slideshow.

 

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The Donald Takayama Model @bingcopeland

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Here is an old Bing Surfboards ad for the Bing Donald Takayama Model. Wish this showed the entire ad, but it’s awesome nonetheless. Note that David Nuuhiwa is pictured in the ad as well.

 

Greg Liddle is probably the most famous shaper of hulls, and Kirk Putnam‘s enthusiasm for Liddle’s shapes has been well-documented. This post comes courtesy of Displacementia, a great blog specializing in hulls. For all the excitement around Liddle, it’s hard to find good pictures of his earlier boards. I’ve only seen the BMW-style logo on a few of his boards, making this post a cool peek at some vintage Liddle Surfboards.

Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup (May 8)

Greetings, Shredderz! Hope your stoke levels are high and rising. Here’s a smattering of rad surfboards I’ve seen pop up on social media over the past week or so.

It’s a scientifically proven fact that you can’t go wrong posting pictures of vintage Lightning Bolt boards. And sure, the thing has a bit of water damage, but I much prefer old boards with some character than a lot of the full-blown restoration jobs that prioritize aesthetics over preservation. But I digress. No matter where your preferences might lie, Gerry Lopez was and will always be the man.

 

Another proven fact: there is no such thing as too much neon. This here is a selection of some primo Echo Beach vehicles, courtesy Lance Collins of Wave Tools, and Peter Schroff of Schroff Surfboards. Love the Team lams on the Wave Tools boards to the right.

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Echo Beach Throwback: Town & Country Surfboards

Pictured above is a classic 80s Town & Country Surfboards design that is currently for sale on Craigslist in San Diego (link to the board can be found here.) The seller is asking $500, which is certainly not cheap, but the eighties Echo Beach-inspired boards are popular among collectors.

A few interesting things about this board: first, there’s a Surfside Sports logo. Surfside Sports is a surf shop that helped launch the Echo Beach craze. However, there’s a great chance that this could be a sticker applied to the board, versus a lamination beneath the glass. No way to know for sure from the pics.

The other detail that caught my eye is that there are clear signatures in the last picture for both the shaper and the airbrush artist. Unfortunately, I can’t make out either name. If anyone has any clues as to who might have shaped this board, I’d love to know!

Once again, you can find a link to the board here.

In the meantime, enjoy this picture of a vintage 80s T&C board being put through its paces:

Town & Country Surfboards Echo Beach

Shred Sledz Social Media Roundup (April 30)

Greetings, Shredderz! Hope you are all having fantastic weekends. Without any further ado, here’s a selection of social media posts that have recently caught my eye.

Christian Fletcher’s signature model is the coolest. Raddest. Most-shredding-est. Choose whatever superlative you prefer; I just can’t get enough of these things.

Hit the “Continue Reading” link below for some more vintage surfboard goodness…

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Wave Tools Lance Collins

Hope all you Shredderz are enjoying the Holidayz. Apologiez (okay, I get it, the z joke is getting old now) for the slowdown in post scheduling, but I’m back in the saddle.

Today’s offering is just a quick hit. Up for grabz (last one, I promise) near Torrance is a Lance Collins / Wave Tools twin fin that was recently posted to Craigslist.

I’m not sure what the exact year of the board is, but I would guess sometime in the late 80s at the earliest. The board looks like it’s a bit later than the neon machines made at the height of Wave Tools’ prominence. As always, the Clark Foam icon indicates that, at the very least, the board pre-dates Clark Foam’s 2005 shutdown. Here’s an example of an earlier Wave Tools Twin Fin, taken from the wonderful Board Collector website.

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Speaking of which, I love the huge Clark Foam logo, as garish as it might be. (Then again, Shred Sledz has never been a blog devoted to subtlety in surfcraft design). The “Twin Fin” logo, with the yellow text and the fin outlines, is also one I haven’t seen before. I’m dying to know what’s on the signatures at the bottom of the board, near the left fin. You can always contact the Craigslist seller and see for yourself.

Check out the board here.