Shawn Stussy 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.

Expression Session 2: Echo Beach

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The event also shed a light on some cool info on Shawn Stussy, whose designs have a special place in the hearts of Shred Sledz’s editorial staff. 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.

Shawn Stussy Surfboards
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.

Shawn Stussy Personal Rider Twinzer 1991
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…

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This is a KILLER shot of a lineup of 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.

 

The Donald Takayama Model @bingcopeland

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Here is an old Bing Surfboards ad for their 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.

 

Blades of distinction. This photo is from an exhibit in 2009 featuring select hulls in @kirkputnam 's private collection.

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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 the history of 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.

Click “Continue Reading” below for some more selections…

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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.

Prelapsarian Single Fin: Non-Neon Schroff

Greetings, fellow Shredderz!

Yesterday I wrote about some cheaper options for those of you seeking to recapture all the hair metal magic of the 1980s in surfboard form. Hit up this link if you’d like to look at a pair of reasonably priced Hawaiian Island Creations boards.

Today I present another alternative: finding some more out of the way or overlooked creations from shapers and labels who became famous for other designs.

Schroff Surfboards, founded by shaper Peter Schroff, is one of the most famous brands from the 80s Echo Beach scene. I’ve written about one of his boards earlier. Schroff, a branding master who went on to craft marketing campaigns for big surfwear companies, helped create the flamboyant 80s aesthetic that we still remember today. I mean, just check out what his boards look like:

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The boards like the ones in the picture above command a premium on the open market. It’s no surprise, given the unmistakable look, with the angular black and white logo set against some of the most garish paint jobs to ever grace foam and fiberglass. For example, this board went for $1,400 on eBay recently.

Schroff’s earlier boards, however, can be had for significantly cheaper prices. The pictures attached to this post come from a Craigslist listing in Berkeley, California of all places, listing an early Schroff single fin for a mere $185.

This board bears the original – and yes, less popular – Schroff logo, which you can see in the first picture. Stoked-n-Board dates the original logo as being used from 1978 to 1980. The double wing to pintail design of the tail, coupled with the single fin, line up well with this time period. Schroff made a bunch of twin fins as well, which I tend to think preceded the thrusters and the quads he made during the height of his fame in the 80s.

The board has some dings, so it’s not in perfect condition, and there are some spiderweb cracks towards the top of the fin box. Still, though, I think for under $200, you’re looking at a nice deal on a board from a shaper who has gained quite a cult following.

If you’re interested, you can check out the board here.